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Darwin’s LegacyWhat Evolution Means Today$
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John Dupré

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199284214

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199284214.001.0001

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(p.x) (p.1) 1 Introduction
Darwin’s Legacy

John Dupré

Oxford University Press

This book examines questions about evolution as proposed by Charles Darwin. It is confusing whether natural selection acts on genes or individual organisms and in what manner evolution develops. These are among the questions which this book attempts to answer with general views on what evolution tells us about the world and who its inhabitants are. The study of evolution can be applied to various aspects of knowledge and this is what causes well-known figures such as E. O. Wilson, Steven Pinker, or Richard Dawkins to argue with biologists Richard Lewontin, Steven Rose, and Stephen Jay Gould on matters about intellectual life. Many of the debates and opinions on the biology of evolution, as well as philosophical arguments, are examined in this book.

Keywords:   Charles Darwin, evolution, natural selection, Western science, God, human nature, universe, biology

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