Revisiting the Origin of Species: The Other Darwins

Author:   Thierry Hoquet (Universite Lyon 3 Jean Moulin, France)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
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9780367360054


Pages:   252
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Contemporary interest in Darwin rises from a general ideal of what Darwin's books ought to contain: a theory of transformation of species by natural selection. However, a reader opening Darwin's masterpiece, On the Origin of Species, today may be struck by the fact that this selectionist view does not deliver the key to many aspects of the book. Without contesting the importance of natural selection to Darwinism, much less supposing that a fully-formed Darwinism stepped out of Darwin's head in 1859, this innovative volume aims to return to the text of the Origin itself. Revisiting the 'Origin of Species' focuses on Darwin as theorising on the origin of variations; showing that Darwin himself was never a pan-selectionist (in contrast to some of his followers) but was concerned with other means of modification (which makes him an evolutionary pluralist). Furthermore, in contrast to common textbook presentations of Darwinism , Hoquet stresses the fact that On the Origin of Species can lend itself to several contradictory interpretations. Thus, this volume identifies where rival interpretations have taken root; to unearth the ambiguities readers of Darwin have latched onto as they have produced a myriad of Darwinian legacies, each more or less faithful enough to the originator's thought. Emphasising the historical features, complexities and intricacies of Darwin's argument, Revisiting the 'Origin of Species' can be used by any lay readers opening Darwin's On the Origin of Species. This volume will also appeal to students and researchers interested in areas such as Evolution, Natural Selection, Scientific Translations and Origins of Life.

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Author:   Thierry Hoquet (Universite Lyon 3 Jean Moulin, France)
Publisher:   Taylor & Francis Ltd
Imprint:   Routledge
ISBN:  

9780367360054


ISBN 10:   0367360055
Pages:   252
Publication Date:   05 September 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Like many other classics, The Origin of Species is widely known and referenced, yet rarely actually read. Revisiting the Origin of Species asks us what we should make of this celebrated work in view of the ways it was initially read. This book should encourage uninitiated students and scholars alike to do as its title suggests, functioning as both exhortation and guide The focus of this volume is on Darwin-the-text rather than Darwin-the-man, with sparing use of the industrial-scale scholarship that sprang up in his name. The historicism has a narrow and highly disciplined remit; it is a snapshot in the history of ideas. Hoquet's examination is almost entirely confined to the debates occurring in the period spanning the Origin's first appearance in 1859 through to the sixth and last edition of 1872, and its early translations. The aim is to de-synthesize understandings of Darwin's text, to resist the way twentieth-century developments have reinterpreted it according to what Darwin really meant or should have meant. Hoquet wants to recapture the contention the Origin first provoked. Roderick David Buchanan, 2019


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Thierry Hoquet is Professor of Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy at Paris Nanterre University, France.

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