- ISBN 9780521711845 / 0521711843
- Title The Cambridge Companion to Darwin
- Author Jonathan Hodge
- Category Evolution
- Format Paperback
- Year 2009
- Pages 548
- Publisher Cambridge University Press
- Imprint Cambridge University Press
- Edition 2nd
- Language English
- Dimensions 150mm x 25mm x 226mm
A second, updated edition of this indispensable resource for teaching or researching Darwin's theories and their historical and philosophical interpretations.
The naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1809-82) ranks as one of the most influential scientific thinkers of all time. In the nineteenth century his ideas about the history and diversity of life - including the evolutionary origin of humankind - contributed to major changes in the sciences, philosophy, social thought and religious belief. The Cambridge Companion to Darwin has established itself as an indispensable resource for anyone teaching or researching Darwin's theories and their historical and philosophical interpretations. Its distinguished team of contributors examines Darwin's main scientific ideas and their development; Darwin's science in the context of its times; the influence of Darwinian thought in recent philosophical, social and religious debate; and the importance of Darwinian thought for the future of naturalist philosophy. For this second edition, coverage has been expanded to include two new chapters: on Darwin, Hume and human nature, and on Darwin's theories in the intellectual long run, from the pre-Socratics to the present.
Praise for the first edition: '... the contributions are largely drawn from excellent writers and are very accessible. It would be hard to imagine a much more effective or authoritative Companion to Darwin.' Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology 'This is a comprehensive guide to the man, his life and his influence on modern science. It is easy to read and should be the first port of call for anyone with an interest in Darwin.' Reference Reviews 'The essays collectively provide an excellent conspectus of the state of the industry. The essays all survey their territories in exemplary fashion, at the same time showing something of what is being done at their boundaries ... if you are a would-be member of the Darwin Industry you must read this book.' Metascience
Jonathan Hodge is Senior Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds. Gregory Radick is Senior Lecturer in History and Philosophy of Science in the Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds.