Evolution: Genesis and Revelations: With Readings from Empedocles to Wilson

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  • ISBN-13: 9780873954877
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1981
  • Pages: 352

Table of Contents



Evolution: What Is It?

Genesis: The History of Evolutionism

Revelations: Evolution and Philosophy

1. Prescientific Concepts of the Origin of Species:Genesis

The Prescientific Mind

The Evolution of Genesis


Genesis, Chapters I and 2

Fundamentalists versus Evolution: The Origin of Specious


2. The Origin of Science: Ancient Greece

The Pre-Socratic Philosopher-Scientists







Empedocles, six fragments

Plato, from Timaeus

Aristotle, from History of Animals

Lucretius, from On the Nature of Things

The Creation of Science: Instructions for the Post-Scientific Age

3. The Infanticide of Science: Rome and the Middle Ages

Augustine and the Dark Ages

Thomas Aquinas and the Late Middle Ages


Augustine, from The City of God

Thomas Aquinas, from Summa Theologica

Close Encounters of the Absurd Kind

4. Born Again: the Revival of Science in the Renaissance





Bacon, from Novum Organum

Descartes, from Discourse on Method

Redi, from Experiments on the Generation of Insects

The Uses and Limitations of Scientific Methods

5. The Genesis of Evolutionism: the French Phase





Maupertuis, from The Earthly Venus

Diderot, from Thoughts on the Interpretation of Nature

Lamarck, from Zoological Philosophy

The Illusion of Method in Scientific Creativity

6. The Genesis of Evolutionism: The British Phase

Erasmus Darwin



Other Pre-Darwinian Evolutionists


E. Darwin, from Zoonomia

Wells, from Account of a Female of the White Race of Mankind

Matthew, from On Naval Timber and Aboriculture

Rhyme and Reason

7. Darwin and Wallace: Evolutionary Convergence




The Conception of Evolution by Natural Selection


Darwin and Wallace, "On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection"

Survival of the Fittest: An Axiom to Grind

8. Darwinism is Dead: Long Live Neo-Darwinism

Charles Darwin's Provisional Hypothesis of Pangenesis





Darwin, from The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication

Weismann, from Essays upon Heredity and Kindred Biological Problems

Mendel, from "Experiments on Plant Hybrids"

Haldane, from The Causes of Evolution

The Art of Science

9. Modern Times: Marxism, Lysenkoism, and Sociobiology





Lysenko, from The Science of Biology Today

Wilson, from Sociobiology

Getting Bad Marx in Science




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