The Cambridge Companion to the 'Origin of Species'

The Cambridge Companion to the 'Origin of Species'

by Michael Ruse, Robert J. Richards
     
 

ISBN-10: 052169129X

ISBN-13: 9780521691291

Pub. Date: 12/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin is universally recognized as one of the most important science books ever written. Published in 1859, it was where Darwin argued for both the fact of evolution and the mechanism of natural selection. The Origin of Species is also a work of great cultural and religious significance, in that Darwin maintained that all organisms,…  See more details below

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The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin is universally recognized as one of the most important science books ever written. Published in 1859, it was where Darwin argued for both the fact of evolution and the mechanism of natural selection. The Origin of Species is also a work of great cultural and religious significance, in that Darwin maintained that all organisms, including humans, are part of a natural process of growth from simple forms. This Companion commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species and examines its main arguments. Drawing on the expertise of leading authorities in the field, it also provides the contexts-religious, social, political, literary, and philosophical-in which the Origin was composed. Written in a clear and friendly yet authoritative manner, this volume will be essential reading for both scholars and students. More broadly, it will appeal to general readers who want to learn more about one of the most important and controversial books of modern times.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521691291
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2008
Series:
Cambridge Companions to Philosophy Series
Pages:
424
Sales rank:
1,050,870
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

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Table of Contents

Note on Citations

Foreword Edward O. Wilson Wilson, Edward O.

1 The Origin of the Origin Michael Ruse Ruse, Michael 1

2 Darwin's Analogy between Artificial and Natural Selection in the Origin of Species Mark A. Largent Largent, Mark A. 14

3 Variation and Inheritance Robert Olby Olby, Robert 30

4 Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection and Its Moral Purpose Robert J. Richards Richards, Robert J. 47

5 Originating Species: Darwin on the Species Problem Phillip R. Sloan Sloan, Phillip R. 67

6 Darwin's Keystone: The Principle of Divergence David Kohn Kohn, David 87

7 Darwin's Difficulties A. J. Lustig Lustig, A. J. 109

8 Darwin's Geology and Perspective on the Fossil Record Sandra Herbert Herbert, Sandra David Norman Norman, David 129

9 Geographical Distribution in the Origin of Species Peter J. Bowler Bowler, Peter J. 153

10 Classification in Darwin's Origin Richard A. Richards Richards, Richard A. 173

11 Embryology and Morphology Lynn K. Nyhart Nyhart, Lynn K. 194

12 Darwin's Botany in the Origin of Species Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis Smocovitis, Vassiliki Betty 216

13 The Rhetoric of the Origin of Species David J. Depew Depew, David J. 237

14 "Laws impressed on matter by the Creator"? The Origin and the Question of Religion John Hedley Brooke Brooke, John Hedley 256

15 Lineal Descendants: The Origin's Literary Progeny Gillian Beer Beer, Gillian 275

16 The Origin and Political Thought: From Liberalism to Marxism Naomi Beck Beck, Naomi 295

17 The Origin and Philosophy Tim Lewens Lewens, Tim 314

18 The Origin of Species as a Book Michele Kohler Kohler, Michele Chris Kohler Kohler, Chris 333

Bibliography 353

Index 373

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