Darwinian Heresies

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Abigail Lustig, Robert J. Richards, Michael Ruse
Cambridge University Press, Aug 30, 2004 - Technology & Engineering
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In Darwinian Heresies, which was originally published in 2004, prominent historians and philosophers of science trace the history of evolutionary thought, and challenge many of the assumptions that have built up over the years. Covering a wide range of issues starting in the eighteenth century, Darwinian Heresies brings us through the time of Charles Darwin and the Origin, and then through the twentieth century to the present. It is suggested that Darwin's true roots lie in Germany, not his native England, that Russian evolutionism is more significant than many are prepared to allow, and that the true influence on twentieth-century evolution biology was not Charles Darwin at all, but his often-despised contemporary, Herbert Spencer. The collection was intended to interest, to excite, to infuriate, and to stimulate further work.
 

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Contents

Introduction Biologists on Crusade
1
Russian Theoretical Biology between Heresy and Orthodoxy Georgii Shaposhinikov and His Experiments on Plant Lice
14
The Specter of Darwinism The Popular Image of Darwinism in Early TwentiethCentury Britain
48
Natural Atheology
69
Ironic Heresy How YoungEarth Creationists Came to Embrace Rapid Microevolution by Means of Natural Selection
84
If This Be Heresy Haeckels Conversion to Darwinism
101
Adaptive Landscapes and Dynamic Equilibrium The Spencerian Contribution to TwentiethCentury American Evolutionary Biology
131
The Ninth Mortal Sin The Lamarckism of WM Wheeler
151
Contemporary Darwinism and Religion
173
Index
193
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