Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) May 04, 2014
Alan Schwerin, president of The Bertrand Russell Society, announced that Michael Ruse is the Society’s Award Winner for 2014. A Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Ruse is the Lucyle T. Wekmeister Professor of Philosophy at Florida State University. He has written about a large number of philosophical topics, including on the relationship between religion and science. Ruse was a key witness for the plaintiff in the 1981 test case McLean v. Arkansas, dealing with the state law permitting the teaching of “creation science,” which was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. federal court. Ruse founded the journal Biology and Philosophy, and he is now its Emeritus Editor. Born in Birmingham, England in 1940, he received his Ph.D. at the University of Bristol in 1970. Schwerin, a professor of philosophy at Monmouth University in New Jersey, said Ruse “exemplifies the kind of dedication to science and reason that was championed by Bertrand Russell over his long life.” Ray Perkins, Jr., the Society’s vice president and professor of philosophy emeritus at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, said “Ruse has performed distinguished work in philosophy, and he has made a positive impact on the teaching of science in the American educational system, reflecting some of Russell’s chief interests and values.” A winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Russell (1872-1970) was a philosopher, mathematician, humanitarian, and one of the last century’s most celebrated public intellectuals. Ruse will accept his honor at the Bertrand Russell Society’s annual meeting (June 13-15, 2014) at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada, and he is expected to give the Society’s keynote address. Information about the event and the Bertrand Russell Society can be found at http://bertrandrussell.org/.