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The Cambridge Companion to Darwin

2nd Edition

Part of Cambridge Companions to Philosophy

Jonathan Hodge, Gregory Radick, Phillip R. Sloan, Jim Endersby, Robert J. Richards, C. Kenneth Waters, David L. Hull, John Hedley Brooke, Diane B. Paul, Jean Gayon, Elliott Sober, Kim Sterelny, Alex Rosenberg, Michael Ruse, Daniel C. Dennett, Owen Flanagan, Simon Blackburn, Philip Kitcher
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  • Date Published: March 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521711845

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  • The naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1809–82) ranks as one of the most influential scientific thinkers of all time. In the nineteenth century his ideas about the history and diversity of life - including the evolutionary origin of humankind - contributed to major changes in the sciences, philosophy, social thought and religious belief. The Cambridge Companion to Darwin has established itself as an indispensable resource for anyone teaching or researching Darwin's theories and their historical and philosophical interpretations. Its distinguished team of contributors examines Darwin's main scientific ideas and their development; Darwin's science in the context of its times; the influence of Darwinian thought in recent philosophical, social and religious debate; and the importance of Darwinian thought for the future of naturalist philosophy. For this second edition, coverage has been expanded to include two new chapters: on Darwin, Hume and human nature, and on Darwin's theories in the intellectual long run, from the pre-Socratics to the present.

    • This second edition has two new chapters, updated material in selected chapters and a revised introduction
    • Contains a revised guide to further reading including information on valuable websites
    • Integrates historical and philosophical topics, covering Darwin's fascinating life and his rich intellectual legacy
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Praise for the first edition: '… the contributions are largely drawn from excellent writers and are very accessible. It would be hard to imagine a much more effective or authoritative Companion to Darwin.' Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology

    'This is a comprehensive guide to the man, his life and his influence on modern science. It is easy to read and should be the first port of call for anyone with an interest in Darwin.' Reference Reviews

    'The essays collectively provide an excellent conspectus of the state of the industry. The essays all survey their territories in exemplary fashion, at the same time showing something of what is being done at their boundaries … if you are a would-be member of the Darwin Industry you must read this book.' Metascience

    Joint review with The Cambridge Companion to the 'Origin of Species': ' … undeniably a great introduction to Darwin, his ideas and his legacies. With the wealth of historical and philosophical analyses, and the great variety of contributions covering major problems within the field, they constitute an indispensable tool for any teacher or student of Darwin and Darwinism. The general public will find a complete presentation of Darwin's thinking, while the scholarly can enjoy a number of revisionist claims sure to provoke responses, critical and otherwise.' Thierry Hoquet, The Journal of BJHS

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521711845
    • length: 564 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Introduction Jonathan Hodge and Gregory Radick
    Part I. Darwin's Theorising:
    1. The making of a philosophical naturalist Phillip R. Sloan
    2. The notebook programmes and projects of Darwin's London years Jonathan Hodge
    3. Darwin on generation, pangenesis and sexual selection Jim Endersby
    4. Darwin on mind, morals and emotions Robert J. Richards
    5. The arguments in the Origin of Species C. Kenneth Waters
    Part II. Historical Contexts:
    6. Is the theory of natural selection independent of its history? Gregory Radick
    7. Darwin's science and Victorian philosophy of science David L. Hull
    8. Darwin and Victorian Christianity John Hedley Brooke
    9. Darwin, social Darwinism and eugenics Diane B. Paul
    10. The place of Darwin's theories in the intellectual long run Jonathan Hodge and Gregory Radick
    Part III. Current Issues:
    11. From Darwin to today in evolutionary biology Jean Gayon
    12. Metaphysical and epistemological issues in modern Darwinian theory Elliott Sober
    13. Darwinian concepts in the philosophy of mind Kim Sterelny
    14. Darwinism in moral philosophy and social theory Alex Rosenberg
    15. Belief in God in a Darwinian age Michael Ruse
    Part IV. Philosophical Prospects:
    16. In Darwin's wake, where am I? Daniel C. Dennett
    17. Ethical expressions: why moralists scowl, frown and smile Owen Flanagan
    18. Is human nature natural? Simon Blackburn
    19. Giving Darwin his due Philip Kitcher
    Guide to further reading
    List of references
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Darwin's Origin of Species and Descent of Man
    • Humans/Animals/Machines
    • Religion in Encounter with Science
  • Editors

    Jonathan Hodge, University of Leeds
    Jonathan Hodge is Senior Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds.

    Gregory Radick, University of Leeds
    Gregory Radick is Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds.

    Contributors

    Jonathan Hodge, Gregory Radick, Phillip R. Sloan, Jim Endersby, Robert J. Richards, C. Kenneth Waters, David L. Hull, John Hedley Brooke, Diane B. Paul, Jean Gayon, Elliott Sober, Kim Sterelny, Alex Rosenberg, Michael Ruse, Daniel C. Dennett, Owen Flanagan, Simon Blackburn, Philip Kitcher

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