Darwin And The Darwinian Revolution / Edition 3

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In her enduring study of the impact of Darwinism on the intellectual climate of the nineteenth century, Gertrude Himmelfarb brings massive documentation to bear in challenging the conventional view of Darwin's greatness. Touching on biography, history, and philosophy, she traces the origins and development of Darwin's views against the opinions of his time; assesses the influences on him; and shows what he intended his theory to mean, what his readers took it to mean, and what it has in fact meant. By such a route Ms. Himmelfarb recaptures "a sense of how a scientist, with the most innocent of intentions and the best of faith, can give birth to a theory that has an ancestry and a posterity of which he may be ignorant and a life of its own over which he has no control. "A thorough and masterly book punctuated with a delicate sense of humor.... Until he has read, marked, learnt and inwardly digested this authoritative volume, no one should presume henceforth to speak on Darwin and Darwinism." Times Literary Supplement "An illuminating contribution...a dramatic story."—Yale Review "Absorbing, well written, and splendidly organized."—I. Bernard Cohen

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Editorial Reviews

I. Bernard Cohen
Absorbing, well written, and splendidly organized.
The New York Times - Loren Eiseley
The book will place in clearer perspective the role of Darwin in nineteenth-century thought.
Times Literary Supplement (UK)
A thorough and masterly book punctuated with a delicate sense of humor.
Yale Review
An illuminating contribution...a dramatic story.
Times Literary Supplement
A thorough and masterly book punctuated with a delicate sense of humor.
From The Critics
An illuminating contribution...a dramatic story.
**** Reprint of the 1959 classic (cited in BCL3). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566631068
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/25/1996
  • Edition description: 1st Elephant pbk. ed
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 523
  • Product dimensions: 5.11 (w) x 8.12 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Gertrude Himmelfarb is professor emeritus of history in the Graduate School of the City University of New York. She has written extensively on Victorian England, including The De-Moralization of Society, Poverty and Compassion, The Idea of Poverty, On Liberty and Liberalism, and Victorian Minds. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

1 Childhood and Youth 2
2 Cambridge 31
3 The Voyage of the Beagle 52
4 Geology: Metaphysics and Method 82
5 Intimations of the Origin 107
6 Portrait of the Scientist 126
7 Genesis of the Theory 147
8 Progenitors of the Theory 168
9 Progress, Digression, and Collaboration 195
10 Climate of Opinion on the Eve of the Origin 216
11 The Publication of the Origin 242
12 The Darwinian Party 255
13 The Anti-Darwinian Party 268
14 Progress of the Controversy 287
15 The Argument of the Origin 312
16 Mechanism and Teleology 337
17 The Origin of Man 353
18 Darwinism, Religion, and Morality 380
19 Darwinism, Politics, and Society 412
20 The Conservative Revolution 432
Footnotes 453
Bibliography 496
Index 505
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