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Cambridge Companion to the Origin of Species

ISBN-10: 0521870798

ISBN-13: 9780521870795

Edition: 2009

Authors: Robert J. Richards, Michael Ruse

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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.
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Book details

List price: $104.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/24/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Michael Ruse is Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University. He is the founder and editor of the journal Biology and Philosophy, and has appeared on ldquo;Quirks and Quarksrdquo; and the Discovery Channel.

List of Contributors
Note on Citations
Foreword
Introduction
The Origin of the Origin
Darwin's Analogy between Artificial and Natural Selection in the Origin of Species
Variation and Inheritance
Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection and Its Moral Purpose
Originating Species: Darwin on the Species Problem
Darwin's Keystone: The Principle of Divergence
Darwin's Difficulties
Darwin's Geology and Perspective on the Fossil Record
Geographical Distribution in the Origin of Species
Classification in Darwin's Origin
Embryology and Morphology
Darwin's Botany in the Origin of Species
The Rhetoric of the Origin of Species
"Laws impressed on matter by the Creator"? The Origin and the Question of Religion
Lineal Descendants: The Origin's Literary Progeny
The Origin and Political Thought: From Liberalism to Marxism
The Origin and Philosophy
The Origin of Species as a Book
Bibliography
Index