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Debate Darwin Autumn 2011




Paul A. Nelson, "The Role of Theology in Current Evolutionary Reasoning," Biology and Philosophy, 11 (1996): 493-517.

Elliott Sober, "What is Wrong With Intelligent Design?" The Quarterly Review of Biology, 82/1 (2007): 3-8.

Mike Dixon and Gregory Radick, Darwin in Ilkley (Stroud: History Press, 2009).

Jonathan Hodge, "Darwin, the Galápagos and His Changing Thoughts about Species Origins: 1835-1837," Proceedings of the California Academy of Science 2010 (ser. 4, vol. 61, supp. II): 89-106. (PDF)


RICHARD DAWKINS on the laryngeal nerve

ManuscriptGO Manuscript Project


Lessons of the Galápagos

Gregory Radick (University of Leeds) will reflect on Darwin's reasoning on the plant and animal life he found on the Galápagos Islands. This will then be followed by a critical examination of two vastly divergent positions of those who find fault with the "supernatural-expunging" form of the argument - these hark from the Intelligent Design (Paul Nelson) and Evolutionary Biology (Elliott Sober) perspectives. Radick then considers Charles Lyell's incredible influence on Darwin, and how this lead Darwin to produce a very Lyell-specific argument with respect to the Galápagos denizens.

GREGORY RADICK - Nov. 11, 2011 from Debating Darwin on Vimeo

This lecture is one in an ongoing series. It will be held at Noon, Room 224, Social Sciences Research Building, The University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th St.

For further information contact Beth Calderon (


The Debating Darwin workshops are a series of lectures given by the most acclaimed historians and philosophers of science. These workshops, headed by Robert J. Richards of the University of Chicago and Michael Ruse of Florida State University are co-sponsored by the Fishbein Center for History of Science, the Office of the President, and the Templeton Foundation.


Sept. 30 - PHILLIP SLOAN (Notre Dame): Natural Historical Realism and the Epistemology of Darwin's Descent: Turning the Zoological Gaze onto Human Beings

Oct. 14 - JAMES LENNOX (Pittsburgh): Accentuate the Negative: A Puzzle about the Structure of the Origin Solved

Oct. 28 - ROBERT J. RICHARDS (Chicago) AND MICHAEL RUSE (Florida State): Debating Darwin

Nov. 11 - GREGORY RADICK (Leeds): Lessons of the Galapagos

Lectures will occur at noon in the Social Sciences Research Building (1126 E. 59th St.), room 224


Cambridge Companion to the Origin of Species eds., Michael Ruse and Robert J Richards, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Darwinian Heresieseds. Robert J. Richards, Abigail Lustig and Michael Ruse (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Reflections on the Origin of Species, Michael Ruse, with David Reznick, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).

Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago Press, 1987).

Darwinism and its Discontents Michael Ruse (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago Press, 2002).

The Evolution/Creation Struggle Michael, Ruse (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).

The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago Press, 2008) .

Debating Design: Darwin to DNA Michael Ruse (edited with William Dembski), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).