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The Destiny of Man
Viewed in the Light of his Origin

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108005135

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  • In 1884, American historian and philosopher John Fiske published The Destiny of Man, which discussed humanity's origin, destiny and place in the universe. A leading populariser of Darwin's theory in the United States and influenced by Herbert Spencer, Fiske considers views of human progress via evolutionary social change and the harmony between science and religion. The Destiny of Man is composed of sixteen chapters that anticipate philosophical questions from a typical non-scientific audience: the origins of atheism, the shifting hierarchal positions of humanity through history as proposed by Copernicus and later by Darwin, human brain size, and the 'dawning of consciousness' as a result of the growth and development of moral sentiment and inventiveness through natural selection. Interestingly, at the end of the book, Fiske discusses the historical power relationships of ruling governments and predicts that as humans evolve and become more civilised, war will eventually end.

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    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108005135
    • length: 128 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Man's place in nature as affected by the Copernican theory
    2. As affected by Darwinism
    3. On the earth there will never be a higher creature than man
    4. The origin of infancy
    5. The dawning of consciousness
    6. Lengthening of infancy and concomitant increase of brain-surface
    7. Change in the direction of the working of natural selection
    8. Growing predominance of the psychical life
    9. The origins of society and of morality
    10. Improvableness of man
    11. Universal warfare of primeval men
    12. First checked by the beginnings of industrial civilisation
    13. Methods of political development, and elimination of warfare
    14. End of the working of natural selection upon man
    15. The message of Christianity
    16. The question as to a future life.

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    John Fiske

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