Michael Ruse

Michael Ruse

Lucyle T. Wekmeister Professor & Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program – Florida State University

Michael Ruse was born in England in 1940 and raised a Quaker. He realized fifteen minutes into his first philosophy class—on Descartes’ Meditations—that that was what he was going to do for the rest of his life, and fifty-two years of teaching and fifty-five books later he has never regretted that decision. 

He went to Canada to do graduate work in 1962, taught there until 2000, when he moved south to the US to avoid compulsory retirement. He is a professor at Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he lives with his wife and five dogs. His five children have all left home, more on some days than on others. He is immensely proud of the fact that all of his kids have jobs serving other human beings, with the exception of the youngest who is a philosophy graduate student. He has professional skills at making cappuccinos. 

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