History and Philosophy Of Science | The Meanings of Darwinism
X632 | 25123 | Sander Gliboff

The Meanings of Darwinism
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

To some, a deep and abiding insight into Nature and man’s place in
it, Darwinism has been viewed by others as little more than an
attempt to impose Victorian morality and laissez-faire capitalism
onto the organic world.  Still others have wielded Darwinism as a
weapon against organized religion, and for (or against) democracy,
aristocracy, colonialism, racism, war, social welfare, and
international cooperation.  In this graduate seminar, we will begin
by studying the life of Charles Darwin and some of the leading
opinions on the development of his theory.  We will analyze his
principal works, The Origin of Species and The Descent of Man, and
then consider a selection of scientific and social interpretations
of his theory that show how and why the meaning of “Darwinism” has
varied through time and across national and cultural boundaries.