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Darwin and the Making of Sexual Selection

Evelleen Richards

Abstract

This book offers the first comprehensive history of the formulation of Darwin’s principle of sexual selection. It locates Darwin's sources and conceptual pathways in their social and cultural contexts, and disentangles the complexity of theory, practice and analogy that went into the making of sexual selection. It is argued that from an early stage of theory building, Darwin followed a particular guiding strand: his conviction that the different human races had different in-born, heritable standards of beauty or aesthetic taste, the foundation of his theory of the role of aesthetic preference ... More

Keywords: sexual selection, Charles Darwin, history, sources, conceptual pathways, contexts, gender, race, Alfred Russel Wallace, The Descent of Man

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226436906
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226437064.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evelleen Richards, author
University of Sydney