The Evolution Wars: A Guide to the Debates


This update of The Evolution Wars draws on history, science, and philosophy to examine the development of evolutionary thought through the past two and a half centuries, along with the rise of “creation science” and its role in public schools curricula as a subject on par with evolution.

To further aid the reader, informative Chapter Introductions and Overviews outline the contents of each chapter. Additional material includes a Historical Timeless, Biographies of Prominent Scientists, Primary Documents and a Glossary for added understanding.

Topics examined in this new edition:

  • A History of Evolution
  • Early Evolutionists in the Debate: The Birth of the Idea
  • Conflict Before, During and After The Origin of the Species: The Legacy of Charles Darwin
  • Darwinism Explodes onto the Victorian State: Evolution as Religion
  • Darwinism in America: The New World
  • Evolution Denied & Extolled: The Rise of Creationism, Intelligent Design & Darwinism Religion in America
  • Evolution Matures
  • Darwinism & Genetics: A New Frontier Opens
  • Life: The Early Years
  • Two New Sciences at War: Placing Ancestors in Time
  • Human Sociobiology: Genetic Determinism
  • Philosophy: Evolution & Thinking About Knowledge & Morality
  • Evolutionary Development: Minimizing Natural Selection
  • New Evolutionary Theories: Thickening the Plot of Natural Selection

With two and a half centuries of evolutionary thought, in one all-inclusive volume, this thought-provoking encyclopedia is a much-needed resource in public libraries, and university collections.

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Pub. Date: December 2008
Softcover: 750 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59237-288-1
Price: $165
e-ISBN: 978-1-59237-299-7
eBook User Price: $206