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The Cambridge companion to the "Origin of species"
Ruse, Michael.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
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xxvii, 395 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
The origin of the Origin / Michael Ruse -- Darwin's analogy between artificial and natural selection in the origin of species / Mark A. Largent -- Variation and inheritance / Robert Olby -- Darwin's theory of natural selection and its moral purpose / Robert J. Richards -- Originating species : Darwin on the species problem / Phillip R. Sloan -- Darwin's keystone : the principle of divergence / David Kohn -- Darwin's difficulties / A.J. Lustig -- Darwin's geology and perspective on the fossil record / Sandra Herbert and David Norman -- Geographical distribution in the Origin of species / Peter J. Bowler -- Classification in Darwin's Origin / Richard A. Richards -- Embryology and morphology / Lynn K. Nyhart -- Darwin's botany in the Origin of species / Vassiliki Betty Smocovitis -- The rhetoric of the Origin of species / David J. Depew -- 'Laws impressed on matter by the Creator'? : the Origin and the question of religion / John Hedley Brooke -- 'Lineal descendants' : the Origin's literary progeny / Gillian Beer -- The Origin and political thought : from liberalism to Marxism / Naomi Beck -- The Origin and philosophy / Tim Lewens -- The Origin of species as a book / Michèle Kohler and Chris Kohler.


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The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin is universally recognized as one of the most important science books ever written. Published in 1859, it was here that Darwin argued for both the fact of evolution and the mechanism of natural section. The Origin of Species is also a work of great cultural and religious significance, in that Darwin maintained that all organisms, including humans, are part of a natural process of growth from simple forms. This Companion commemorates the 150th anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species and examines its main arguments. Drawing on the expertise of leading authorities in the field, it also provides the contexts - religious, social, political, literary, and philosophical - in which the Origin was composed. Written in a clear and friendly yet authoritative manner, this volume will be essential reading for both scholars and students More broadly, it will appeal to general readers who want to learn more about one of the most important and controversial books of modern times.

Table of Contents

Edward O. WilsonMichael RuseMark A. LargentRobert OlbyRobert J. RichardsPhillip R. SloanDavid KohnA. J. LustigSandra Herbert and David NormanPeter J. BowlerRichard A. RichardsLynn K. NyhartVassiliki Betty SmocovitisDavid J. DepewJohn Hedley BrookeGillian BeerNaomi BeckTim LewensMichele Kohler and Chris Kohler
List of Contributorsp. vii
Note on Citationsp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
1 The Origin of the Originp. 1
2 Darwin's Analogy between Artificial and Natural Selection in the Origin of Speciesp. 14
3 Variation and Inheritancep. 30
4 Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection and Its Moral Purposep. 47
5 Originating Species: Darwin on the Species Problemp. 67
6 Darwin's Keystone: The Principle of Divergencep. 87
7 Darwin's Difficultiesp. 109
8 Darwin's Geology and Perspective on the Fossil Recordp. 129
9 Geographical Distribution in the Origin of Speciesp. 153
10 Classification in Darwin's Originp. 173
11 Embryology and Morphologyp. 194
12 Darwin's Botany in the Origin of Speciesp. 216
13 The Rhetoric of the Origin of Speciesp. 237
14 "Laws impressed on matter by the Creator"? The Origin and the Question of Religionp. 256
15 Lineal Descendants: The Origin's Literary Progenyp. 275
16 The Origin and Political Thought: From Liberalism to Marxismp. 295
17 The Origin and Philosophyp. 314
18 The Origin of Species as a Bookp. 333
Bibliographyp. 353
Indexp. 373