A preview of Debating Darwin


Debating Darwin coverNCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Robert J. Richards and Michael Ruse's Debating Darwin (University of Chicago Press, 2016). The preview consists of the epilogue in which, after debating the interpretation of Darwin for the majority of the book, Richards and Ruse join forces to "sketch the major features" of the impact of Darwin's ideas on "the sciences, humanities, and culture more generally" since the publication of the Origin of Species in 1859.

Janet Browne — the author of Charles Darwin: Voyaging and Charles Darwin: The Power of Place — writes that in Debating Darwin, "two world-renowned historians explore what Darwin's proposals meant in his own day and to us now ...  Back and forth, the ripostes sparkle with intellectual energy. Through Ruse's and Richards' eyes, we can see Darwin afresh, as the enthralling historical figure who not only transformed biology but also our deepest sense of who we are."