Darwin's Metaphor

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CUP Archive, 1985 M10 31 - 361 pages
In this collection of closely interrelated essays, Robert Young emphasizes the scope of the nineteenth-century debate on 'man's place in nature' at the same time as he engages with the approaches of scholars who write about it. He is critical of the separation of the writing of history from writing about history, historiography, and of the separation of history from politics and ideology, then or now. Dr Young challenges fellow historians for reimposing the very disciplinary boundaries that the nineteenth-century debate showed were in the service of ideological forces in that culture. Rather, he proposes that the full weight of the contending forces should be made apparent and debated openly so that neither nineteenth-century nor contemporary issues about the role of science in culture should be treated in a narrow perspective.
 

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Contents

The impact of Darwin on conventional thought I
1
the common
23
The role of psychology in the nineteenth
56
does nature select?
79
S Natural theology Victorian periodicals and
126
The historiographic and ideological contexts
164
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