Monday, November 8, 2021

Communard Darwin? Radical Politics and the Descent of Man

Henry-James Meiring at JHI Blog.

"When Darwin’s theory of evolution was first published in the Origin of Species (1859), the book was conspicuously silent about how his theory applied to humans. The subject was so 'surrounded with prejudices' that Darwin was determined to avoid it altogether. It was only when he became frustrated by the way others conceived of human evolution that he took to writing Descent a decade later."

See Darwin, Autobiography, in Gateway to the Great Books (10 Vol., 1963) volume 8, The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, in Great Books of the Western World (first edition, 52 Vol., 1952) volume 49, (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 49.

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