This week’s Chronicle [of Higher Education] Review features a long piece by Michael Ruse with the title, “Philosophers Rip Darwin.”
The occasion for Ruse’s article is “the publication of a new book by Jerry A. Fodor, a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, a professor of cognitive science at the University of Arizona. The title of the book, What Darwin Got Wrong (Farrar, Straus and Giroux).”
But the Ruse article is not a review of that one book. It is, rather, a critique of Fodor and two other philosophers — Alvin Plantinga (Notre Dame) and Thomas Nagel (New York University) who have been writing and speaking against “Darwinism” without (as Ruse points out) much knowledge, or even much apparent interest, in the science of biology.