- Paperback: 390 pages
- Publisher: Barzun Press; 2 edition (March 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1406761788
- ISBN-13: 978-1406761788
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,896,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darwin - Marx - Wagner - Critique of a Heritage Paperback – March 15, 2007
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Alex R. Thomas Ph.D.
As part of a series of reviews in the ISPD project (In Search of Post-Darwinists) at Darwiniana blog, I am reviewing this book because it is a critique of Darwinism. Given five stars because the author had the nerve to challenge Darwin they may nonetheless deserve careful reading.//8/4/12
Jacques Barzun's book was first published first in 1941, which is almost the moment the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis came into being and made the expression of Darwin doubts or criticism such as are manifest here virtually impossible in a university humanist. And yet sixty years later, at a time when Ernst Mayr, one of the original 'synthesizers' can unrepentantly produce his "What Evolution Is", Barzun's critique reads as insultingly fresh as the day it was written, with a putdownish suggestion that Darwin wasn't too swift. The Darwin propaganda machine has almost made thinking obtuse here, and Creationist red-herrings can be as reprehensible. The Darwin debate has left everyone befuddled, and this essay on Darwin (and Marx), agree or not, shows a clarity that is unusual.
His work seems out of place now for a man who was prominent in a major university, but if one reads Bowler's The Eclipse of Darwinism, describing the waning of Darwinism at the turn of the century, it will perhaps evoke the perspective that Barzun still reflects in this book. (In fact, the same can be said of the Marx essay, which reflects the Marx debate, perspectives almost forgotten after the Bolshevik revolution). In fact, even by the late 1860's Darwin himself knew he was in trouble with natural selection.Read more ›
Barzan explains that deeper causes than just technical 'scientific' reasoning produced devotion to Darwinism. Such as the following (page 100):
"It soon became the gospel of those who trusted, with a new messianic faith akin to Marx's, that from violence and death in the sacrifice of man, better man and a better life would involve.
Looking back on that troubled period one can only pity the blindness and bewail the misdirected faith. . .Read more ›
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Being used as an accompaniment to a meeting discussing the contents of the book.Published 4 months ago by Teddy
Barzun roamed widely and everything he wrote is worth looking at. This is one of his works I would like to read. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Bill
The best exposition on the fundamental fallacy of the prevailing mechanistic secularism that so dominates the over-confident thought and unskillful actions of today's unbelievers. Read morePublished on March 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
The history of these three is mind blowing.
Three villege atheist in one book.
"The attack on Marx is so crude and uninformed that one suspects that the author did not even read some of Marx's basic writings, and the use of .... Read morePublished on May 19, 2006 by Bawon Jenkins
Before reading this book, I loved Darwin, disliked Marx and hated Wagner (how could you not!). After this book, nothings changed except that I actually found myself defending all... Read morePublished on January 2, 2002 by Kevin S. Currie