Darwins Legacy: What Evolution Means Today

Paperback | July 28, 2005

byJohn Dupre

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Charles Darwin transformed our understanding of the universe and our place in it with his development of the theory of evolution. 150 years later, we are still puzzling over the implications. John Dupre presents a lucid, witty introduction to evolution and what it means for our view ofhumanity, the natural world, and religion. He explains the right and the wrong ways to understand evolution: in the latter category fall most of the claims of evolutionary psychology, of which Dupre gives a withering critique. He shows why the theory of evolution is one of the most importantscientific ideas of all time, but makes clear that it can't explain everything - contrary to widespread popular belief, it has very little to tell us about the details of human nature and human behaviour, such as language, culture, and sexuality.Darwin's Legacy clears a path through the confusion and controversy surrounding evolution; anyone who is interested in understanding what the theory of evolution can and can't do will find this a compelling and enjoyable introduction.

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Charles Darwin transformed our understanding of the universe and our place in it with his development of the theory of evolution. 150 years later, we are still puzzling over the implications. John Dupre presents a lucid, witty introduction to evolution and what it means for our view ofhumanity, the natural world, and religion. He ex...

John Dupre is at Professor of philosophy and sociology at the University of Exeter.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.46 inPublished:July 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199284210

ISBN - 13:9780199284214

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. What is the theory of evolution?3. What is the theory of evolution good for?4. Human origins and the decline of theism5. Humans and other animals6. Human nature7. Race and gender8. Conclusion

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"Dupre's account of how he believes evolutionary theory has inflicted a 'fatal injury' to 'the pretensions of religion' provides a wonderful counterpoint to Creationist dogma... Dupre's wonderfully succinct explanation of evolutionary theory is a good enough reason in itself to buy this book; however, with the forces of the religious right keen to mount an offensive on these shores, it's the eloquent and uncompromising argument that may prove indispensable."--The Independent "John Dupre has been one of the philosophers in the forefront of this rethinking of science. He has helped us to rethink what science is, in the light of biology and of evolution. More recently, however, he has turned from defending the biological sciences from those who would disparage them, to attacking them."--Neil Levy, Metapsychology Online Review