History, Humanity and Evolution: Essays for John C. Greene

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James Richard Moore
Cambridge University Press, Oct 3, 2002 - Science - 444 pages
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This collection of thirteen essays by prominent scholars explores the history of evolutionary thought in all of its cultural richness over the past two hundred years. Evolutionary ideas have undergone fundamental changes and are now found to have diverse sources and universal scope. They are no longer beholden to biologists' understanding of their own past, and do not focus exclusively on Charles Darwin. This volume aims to address the problem of the human significance of evolution. The contributors draw on contemporary sources as diverse as medicine, literature and natural history tableaux, as well as the resources of publishing history, feminine scholarship, and the histories of politics, sociology, and philosophy. The essays offer new perspectives on familiar figures such as Erasmus, Charles Darwin, Lamarck, Chambers, Huxley, and Haeckel, but also on many lesser known participants in the evolutionary debates.
 

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Contents

Doctor of evolution?
39
A reading of Lamarcks distinction
71
Corporations corruption
99
The nebular hypothesis and the science of progress
131
Robert Chambers and Vestiges
165
Why Darwin gave up Christianity
195
The woman
253
Ideology evolution and lateVictorian agnostic
285
Ernst Haeckel Darwinismus and the secularization
311
Degeneration and orthogenesis
329
Darwinian religion
355
Persons organisms and primary qualities
375
Afterword
403
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