History and Philosophy Of Science | Meanings of Darwinism
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Sander Gliboff
Meanings of Darwinism

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, or for (or against) democracy,
aristocracy, selfishness, mutual aid, colonialism, racism, war,
social welfare, and international cooperation.  In this graduate
seminar, we will begin by studying the life of Charles Darwin and
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.

Required Books

Darwin, Charles, The Origin of Species, facsimile of the 1st
edition, Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-63752-6 [Other
printings of Darwin’s 1st edition also OK]

Darwin, Charles, The Descent of Man, Penguin Classics, ISBN
0140436316 [Other editions OK, for example, Prometheus Books, but
nothing over $25]

Ruse, Michael, The Darwinian Revolution, University of Chicago
Press, ISBN 0-226-73169-3

Hofstadter, Richard, Social Darwinism in American Thought, George
Braziller, ISBN 0-8076-0079-2 [Other editions OK, for example Beacon
Press, ISBN 0807055034, but nothing over $20]

Browne, Janet, Charles Darwin: Voyaging, Princeton University Press,
ISBN 0-691-02606-8

Browne, Janet, Charles Darwin: The Power of Place, Princeton
University Press, ISBN 0-691-11439-0