Evolutionists / Edition 1 available in Paperback
Charles Darwin published his monumental treatise The Origin of Species in 1859. It has proved to be a major contribution to scientific theory but highly contentious as well. In the United States, more than in any other country, Darwin's theory of evolution became, and remains, a matter of "political" controversy, from the famous "monkey trial" of 1925 to efforts, even in the twenty-first century, to diminish its influence in American public schools.
Many people think of the Darwinian disputes as a matter of science versus religion. This book looks back to the first half century or so of the Darwinian reception in the United States and portrays a much more complex situation. It shows that, among many religious thinkers, evolution received a welcome and formed the basis of a "new theology." The Evolutionists reminds us that America's most prominent scientist furnished a thoroughgoing criticism of Darwin.
About the Author:
J. David Hoeveler is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
About the Author
J. David Hoeveler is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has written several books in American intellectual history, most recently Creating the American Mind: Intellect and Politics in the Colonial Colleges.
Table of Contents
Along the Way to Darwin 1
Darwin's Dangerous Idea 25
The Scientific Reception Louis Agassiz Asa Gray 51
Protestant Orthodoxy Charles Hodge James McCosh 77
Protestant Liberalism Henry Ward Beecher John Bascom 103
Sociology William Graham Sumner Lester Frank Ward 133
Feminism Charlotte Perkins Gilman Eliza Burt Gamble 157
Methodologies Thorstein Veblen Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. 179
Philosophy William James John Dewey 211
Postscript, 2006 247
About the Author 265