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The Meaning of Evolution
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The Meaning of Evolution: The Morphological Construction and Ideological Reconstruction of Darwin's Theory

Robert J. Richards

Abstract

Did Darwin see evolution as progressive, directed toward producing ever more advanced forms of life? Most contemporary scholars say no. This author says yes, and argues that current perspectives on Darwin and his theory are both ideologically motivated and scientifically unsound. Unlike most contemporary biologists or historians and philosophers of science, the author holds that Darwin did concern himself with the idea of progress, or telos, as he constructed his theory. He maintains that Darwin drew on the traditional embryological meanings of the terms “evolution” and “descent with modificat ... More

Keywords: Darwin, telos, descent with modification, preformation, embryological recapitulation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780226712024
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226712055.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Richards, author