The romantic conception of Robert J. Richards

Journal of the History of Biology 37 (1):3 - 23 (2004)

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Michael Ruse
Florida State University
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In his new book, "The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe," Robert J. Richards argues that Charles Darwin's true evolutionary roots lie in the German Romantic biology that flourished around the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is argued that Richards is quite wrong in this claim and that Darwin's roots are in the British society within which he was born, educated, and lived.
Keywords Charles Darwin  German evolutionary thought  Goethe  Robert J. Richards  Romantic biology
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DOI 10.1023/B:HIST.0000020389.71636.cc
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