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On the Power, Wisdom and Goodness of God as Manifested in the Creation of Animals and in their History, Habits and Instincts

Volume 2


  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108000758

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  • This extensively illustrated two-volume treatise, published in 1835, is one of a series commissioned by the Royal Society with funds bequeathed by the Earl of Bridgewater. William Kirby (1759-1850), Cambridge graduate, country parson and respected entomologist, here combines the study of the word of God with that of his works, aiming to disprove Lamarck's hypothesis that all the works of creation can be attributed to second causes, rather than a first cause, i.e. God. Kirby agrees with philosophers' objections to superstitious and bigoted adherence to the letter of scripture, but questions their lack of attention to its spirit. He explores the creation of animals in a spiritual context, and goes on to consider the functions and instincts of the major animal groups. Volume 2 includes chapters on insects, fish, reptiles, birds and mammals. This book contributed to the intellectual debates that formed the background to Darwin's work on evolution.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108000758
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 33 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Explanation of plates

    13. Functions and instincts – Cirripedes and Crinoïdeans
    14. Functions and instincts – Entomostracan Condylopes
    15. Functions and instincts – Crustacean Condylopes
    16. Functions and instincts – Myriapod Condylopes
    17. Motive, locomotive and prehensory organs – Rotary organs, Tentacles, Suckers, Bristles, Natatory organs, Wings, Steering organs, Legs
    18. Instinct in general
    19. Functions and instincts – Arachnidans, Pseudarachnidans and Acaridan Condylopes
    20. Functions and instincts – Insect Condylopes
    21. Functions and instincts – Fishes
    22. Functions and instincts – Reptiles
    23. Functions and instincts – Birds
    24. Functions and instincts – Mammalians
    25. Functions and instincts – Man

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    William Kirby

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