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Joseph Le Conte was the first geologist, natural historian and botanist to be appointed to the University of California in 1869. He founded the successful palaeontology program at Berkeley and acquired important collections of fossils. He also lectured and wrote on evolution, of which he was the leading American proponent. This book, first published in 1888 but revised and expanded in the second edition reissued here, is his attempt to reconcile his evolutionist convictions with his religious faith. Such a synthesis, he felt, was impeded by dogmatism on both sides, and he makes a case for 'a combining, reconciling and rational view.' He considers three questions: What is evolution? Is it true? and What then?, intending to address 'the intelligent general reader' without being superficial or unscientific. Concepts such as 'neo-Darwinism', 'materialism', and 'design' make their appearance in this wide-ranging book, whose concerns remain surprisingly topical today.
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- Date Published: July 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108000673
- length: 412 pages
- dimensions: 213 x 140 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.52kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Part I. What is Evolution?:
1. Its scope and definition
2. The relation of Louis Agassiz to the theory of evolution
Part II. Evidences of the Truth of Evolution:
1. General evidences of evolution as a universal law
2. Special proofs of evolution
3. The grades of the factors of evolution and the order of their appearance
4. Special proofs from the general laws of animal structure
5. Proofs from the homologies of the vertebrate skeleton
6. Homologies of the articulate skeleton
7. Proofs from embryology
8. Proofs from geographical distribution of organisms
9. Proofs from variation of organic forms, artificial and natural
Part III. The Relation of Evolution to Religious Thought:
2. The relation of evolution to materialism
3. The relation of God to nature
4. The relation of man to nature
5. The relation of God to man
6. The objection, that the above implies pantheism, answered
7. Some logical consequences of the doctrine of the divine immanency
8. Relation of evolution to the idea of the Christ
9. The relation of evolution to the problem of evil
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