Ruse, Michael
June 2006
Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy;2006, Vol. 2, p1034
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An encyclopedia entry for the philosophy of evolution is presented. Evolution, as a theory, was originated from enlightenment. Evolution was largely rejected due to the dominance of Christianity. Charles Darwin promoted the theory by presenting analogy on the success of animal and plant breeders to show that success in the struggle is a function of the features possessed by and only by the winners. Study of the evolution of social behavior flourished in the second half of the twentieth century.


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