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History, Humanity and Evolution

History, Humanity and Evolution
Essays for John C. Greene


R. Porter, L. Jordanova, A. Desmond, S. Schaffer, J. A. Secord, J. R. Moore, M. Rudwick, E. Richards, B. Lightman, P. Weindling, P. J. Bowler, J. R. Durant, R. M. Young, J. C. Greene
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  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521524780

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  • History, Humanity and Evolution brings together thirteen original essays by prominent scholars in the history of evolutionary thought. The volume is intended both to represent the best of today's research in the field and also to celebrate the work of the distinguished historian, John C. Greene, whose historical writings have had a unique influence on this volume's contributors as well as the field as a whole. Using contemporary sources as diverse as medicine, literature, and natural history tableaux, and drawing on the resources of publishing history, feminist scholarship, and the histories of politics, sociology, and philosophy, the contributors offer new perspectives not only on familiar figures such as Erasmus and Charles Darwin, Lamarck, Chambers, Huxley, and Haeckel, but also on many lesser known participants in the evolutionary debates. The volume contains a fascinating introductory conversation with John C. Greene and an afterword by him that responds to the contributors' essays.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521524780
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introductory conversation
    1. Erasmus Darwin: Doctor of Evolution? R. Porter
    2. Nature's powers: a reading of Lamarck's distinction between creation and production L. Jordanova
    3. Lamarckism and democracy: corporations, corruption, and comparative anatomy in the 1830s A. Desmond
    4. The nebular hypothesis and the science of progress S. Schaffer
    5. Behind the veil: Robert Chambers and Vestiges J. A. Secord
    6. Of love and death: why Darwin 'gave up Christianity' J. R. Moore
    7. Encounters with Adam, or at least the Hyaenas: nineteenth-century visual representation of the deep past M. Rudwick
    8. Huxley and woman's place in science: the 'woman question' and the control of Victorian anthropology E. Richards
    9. Ideology, evolution, and late-Victorian agnostic popularizers B. Lightman
    10. Ernst Haeckel, Darwinismus, and the secularization of nature P. Weindling
    11. Holding your head up high: degeneration and orthogenesis in theories of human evolution P. J. Bowler
    12. Evolution, ideology, and world view: Darwinian religion in the twentieth century J. R. Durant
    13. Persons, organisms, and … primary qualities R. M. Young
    Afterword John C. Greene

  • Editor

    James Richard Moore, The Open University, Milton Keynes


    R. Porter, L. Jordanova, A. Desmond, S. Schaffer, J. A. Secord, J. R. Moore, M. Rudwick, E. Richards, B. Lightman, P. Weindling, P. J. Bowler, J. R. Durant, R. M. Young, J. C. Greene

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