Charles Darwins The Origin of Species

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2013-03-31
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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This volume marks a new approach to a seminal work of the new modern scientific imagination. Darwin's central theory of natural selection neither originated nor could be contained within the natural sciences, but continues to shape and challenge our most basic assumptions about human social and political life. Seven readings, crossing the fields of history, literature, sociology, anthropology and the history of science, demonstate the complex position of the text within the cultural debates past and present.

Table of Contents

Series introduction
A note on the text
Introduction: Difficulty and defamiliarisation - language and process in The Origin of Speciesp. 1
Classification and continuity in The Origin of Speciesp. 47
Science, ideology and culture: Malthus and The Origin of Speciesp. 68
The Origin of Species and the science of female inferiorityp. 95
Proliferation and its discontents: Max Muller, Leslie Stephen, George Eliot and The Origin of Species as representationp. 122
Origins, species, and Great Expectationsp. 152
Hinduism, Darwinism and evolution in late nineteenth-century Indiap. 174
Select bibliographyp. 203
Notes on contributorsp. 207
Indexp. 208
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