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Evolutionary Biology – New Perspectives on Its Development

Charles Darwin's Incomplete Revolution

The Origin of Species and the Static Worldview

Authors: Delisle, Richard G.

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  • Offers a reanalysis of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species
  • Invites to re-think evolutionism and the Darwinian Revolution
  • Double-checks the consistency of Darwin's conclusions
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This book offers a thorough reanalysis of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, which for many people represents the work that alone gave rise to evolutionism. Of course, scholars today know better than that. Yet, few resist the temptation of turning to the Origin in order to support it or reject it in light of their own work. Apparently, Darwin fills the mythical role of a founding figure that must either be invoked or repudiated. The book is an invitation to move beyond what is currently expected of Darwin's magnum opus. Once the rhetorical varnish of Darwin's discourses is removed, one discovers a work of remarkably indecisive conclusions.

The book comprises two main theses:

(1) The Origin of Species never remotely achieved the theoretical unity to which it is often credited. Rather, Darwin was overwhelmed by a host of phenomena that could not fit into his narrow conceptual framework.

(2) In the Origin of Species, Darwin failed at completing the full conversion to evolutionism. Carrying many ill-designed intellectual tools of the 17th and 18th centuries, Darwin merely promoted a special brand of evolutionism, one that prevented him from taking the decisive steps toward an open and modern evolutionism.

It makes an interesting read for biologists, historians and philosophers alike.

About the authors

Richard G. Delisle owns a PhD in paleoanthropology (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) and a PhD in philosophy (University of Montreal, Canada). He teaches evolutionary biology and history/philosophy of science in the programs of archaeology, philosophy, and liberal education at the University of Lethbridge (Canada). His research interest focuses on the multidisciplinary quest of understanding evolutionary studies under the intimate light of its past and current developments.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: Darwin in the Larger Intellectual Context

    Pages 1-30

    Delisle, Richard G.

  • Evolution in a Fully Constituted World

    Pages 33-64

    Delisle, Richard G.

  • Imposing Order Upon Complexity: Divergence Forward in Time (Origin, Chaps. 1–5, 8)

    Pages 67-113

    Delisle, Richard G.

  • The Wild Power of Natural Selection: Vertical Evolution, Analogies, and Imaginary Scenarios (Origin, Chaps. 6–7)

    Pages 115-130

    Delisle, Richard G.

  • An Attempt at Taming Natural Selection with Convergence Backward in Time, Part I (Origin, Chaps. 11 and 12)

    Pages 131-160

    Delisle, Richard G.

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-17203-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $179.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-17202-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Charles Darwin's Incomplete Revolution
Book Subtitle
The Origin of Species and the Static Worldview
Authors
Series Title
Evolutionary Biology – New Perspectives on Its Development
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17203-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17203-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17202-2
Series ISSN
2524-7751
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 276
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
Topics