Darwin and the General Reader: The Reception of Darwin's Theory of Evolution in the British Periodical Press, 1859-1872

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University of Chicago Press, 15 мая 1990 г. - Всего страниц: 394
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Drawing on his investigation of over one hundred mid-Victorian British newspapers and periodicals, Alvar Ellegård describes and analyzes the impact of Darwin's theory of evolution during the first dozen years after the publication of the Origin of Species. Although Darwin's book caused an immediate stir in literary and scientific periodicals, the popular press largely ignored it. Only after the work's implications for theology and the nature of man became evident did general publications feel compelled to react; each social group responded according to his own political and religious prejudices. Ellegård charts the impact of this revolution in science, maintaining that although the idea of evolution was generally accepted, Darwin's primary contribution, the theory of natural selection, was either ignored or rejected among the public.

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Foreword
1
Preface
5
The Background
11
The Climate of Opinion
18
The Press on the Progress of Darwinism
39
Darwinism at the British Association
62
A MidVictorian Conflict
95
The Argument of Design
114
The Immutable Essence of Species
198
Missing Links
216
The Battle against Natural Selection
242
The Case for Darwin
280
The Descent of Man
293
Summary and Conclusion
332
Statistical Analysis of the Press Reaction
338
List of Periodicals with Index of Quotations
368

Miracles
141
The Bible
155
MidVictorian Philosophy of Science
174

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