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Published to commemorate the centennial of the publication of Darwin's "Origin of Species", this volume brings together several important essays on the history of the idea of evolution. Included are discussions of Maupertuis, Buffon, Diderot, Kant, Herder, Lamarck, and Schopenhauer by such leading scholars as Arthur O. Lovejoy, Bentley Glass, Owsei Temkin, C. C. Gillispie, Francis C. Haber, and Jane Oppenheimer.

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Glass is Academic Vice President at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Owsei Temkin, who holds his medical degree from the University of Leipzig, is William H. Welch Professor Emeritus of the History of Medicine and former director of the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine. Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities in his field, Dr. Temkin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and recipient of the Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in the Humanities from the American Council of Learned Societies. Among his previous books is The Falling Sickness: A History of Epilepsy from the Greeks to the Beginning of Modern Neurology and The Double Face of Janus and Other Essays in the History of Medicine, the latter available from Johns Hopkins.

Straus is Professor of Anatomy and Physical Anthropology, The Johns Hopkins University.

Glass is Academic Vice President at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 489 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (March 1, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801802229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801802225
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is not the kind of book that I feel I need to know everything it has to appreciate intellectual history. I like the chapters by Arthur O. Lovejoy on Kant and Herder for showing how leading scholars play around with leading ideas without making a commitment. Kant was key to setting limits on knowledge. One example that is not part of this book is Kant's method of keeping the supernatural at arm's length in Kant On Swedenborg, a translation of Kant's work and letters on someone who had the knowledge of events he could not have known about before asked to get knowledge from another world that most of us do not experience. Kant clearly considered any change in a species out of the ordinary, so he openly expressed doubt about trying to imagine such things. Such limitations imposed by the times in which great thinkers helps me try to break free form the kind of thinking that put cyberpower mechanism in charge of global capital allocation just recently with results that were not too surprising to people who had the power to think about how things shuffling and shifting faster and more so from now on than ever before might not be the coolest thing since sliced bread.
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