Michael Ruse
Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University

Michael Ruse is the Lucyle T Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and director of the history and philosophy of science program at Florida State University. He has written or edited more than 60 books, including most recently On Purpose (2017), Darwinism as Religion (2016), The Problem of War (2018) and A Meaning to Life (2019).

Written by Michael Ruse

‘For what we are about to receive’. Children saying Grace, London, 1940s. Photo Hulton/Getty

Essay/
Ethics
The God decision

Christian parents teach their children to believe in God, atheists teach them not to. Who is doing the right thing?

Michael Ruse

Illustration by Claire Scully

Essay/
Biology
Does life have a purpose?

Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have purposes, so why do we still think of living things in this way?

Michael Ruse

Illustration by Tim McDonagh

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Ecology and environmental sciences
Earth’s holy fool?

Some scientists think that James Lovelock’s Gaia theory is nuts, but the public love it. Could both sides be right?

Michael Ruse

The truth and the light: Richard Dawkins debates in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Photo by Kieran Dodds/Panos

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Values and beliefs
Curb your enthusiasm

High priests, holy writ and excommunications – how did Humanism end up acting like a religion?

Michael Ruse