Michael Ruse, philosopher and historian of science, was awarded an MA in philosophy from McMaster University in 1964. He returned to Bristol for his doctoral work and was awarded a PhD in 1970 for his dissertation, “The Nature of Biology.” He taught at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, from 1965 to 2000. Since 2000, Professor Ruse has served as Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University.
In addition to many edited volumes, his books include The Philosophy of Biology (1973), Sociobiology: Sense or Nonsense? (1979; 2nd ed. 1984), The Darwinian Revolution: Science Red in Tooth and Claw (1979; 2nd ed. 1999), Darwinism Defended: A Guide to the Evolution Controversies (1982), Taking Darwin Seriously: A Naturalistic Approach to Philosophy (1986),Monad to Man: The Concept of Progress in Evolutionary Biology (1996), Can a Darwinian Be a Christian?: The Relationship between Science and Religion (2001), and Darwin and Design: Does Evolution Have a Purpose? (2003).