The Darwinian Revolution: Science Red in Tooth and Claw

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Originally published in 1979, The Darwinian Revolution was the first comprehensive and readable synthesis of the history of evolutionary thought. Though the years since have seen an enormous flowering of research on Darwin and other nineteenth-century scientists concerned with evolution, as well as the larger social and cultural responses to their work, The Darwinian Revolution remains remarkably current and stimulating.

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Originally published in 1979, The Darwinian Revolution was the first comprehensive and readable synthesis of the history of evolutionary thought. Though the years since have seen an enormous flowering of research on Darwin and other nineteenth-century scientists concerned with evolution, as well as the larger social and cultural responses to their work, The Darwinian Revolution remains remarkably current and stimulating.

For this edition Michael Ruse has written a new afterword that takes into account the research published since his book's first appearance.

"It is difficult to believe that yet another book on Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution could add anything new or contain any surprises. Ruse's book is an exception on all counts. Darwin scholars and the general reader alike can learn from it."—David L. Hull, Nature

"No other account of the Darwinian Revolution provides so detailed and sympathetic an account of the framework within which the scientific debates took place."—Peter J. Bowler, Canadian Journal of History

"A useful and highly readable synthesis. . .skillfully organized and written with verve, imagination, and welcome touches of humor."—John C. Greene, Science

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David L. Hull
It is difficult to believe that yet another book on Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution could add anything new or contain any surprises. Ruse's book is an exception on all counts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226731643
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1981
  • Pages: 320

Meet the Author


Michael Ruse is professor of philosophy and zoology at the University of Guelph, Ontario. His most recent books are Monad to Man: The Concept of Progress in Evolutionary Biology and Mystery of Mysteries: Is Evolution a Social Construction?
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Table of Contents

Prologue
Acknowledgments
1 Background to the Problem 3
2 British Society and the Scientific Community 16
3 Beliefs: Geological, Philosophical, and Religious 36
4 The Mystery of Mysteries 75
5 Ancestors and Archetypes 94
6 On the Eve of the Origin 132
7 Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species 160
8 After the Origin: Science 202
9 After the Origin: Philosophy, Religion, and Politics 234
10 Overview and Analysis 268
Notes 275
Bibliography 285
Index 312
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