"It Ain't over 'Til It's over": Rethinking the Darwinian Revolution [Book Review]

Journal of the History of Biology 38 (1):33 - 49 (2005)
This paper attempts a critical examination of scholarly understanding of the historical event referred to as "the Darwinian Revolution." In particular, it concentrates on some of the major scholarly works that have appeared since the publication in 1979 of Michael Ruse's "The Darwinian Revolution: Nature Red in Tooth and Claw." The paper closes by arguing that fruitful critical perspectives on what counts as this event can be gained by locating it in a range of historiographic and disciplinary contexts that include the emergence of the discipline of evolutionary biology (following the "evolutionary synthesis"), the 1959 Darwin centenary, and the maturation of the discipline of the history of science. Broader perspectives on something called the "Darwinian Revolution" are called for that include recognizing that it does not map a one-to-one correspondence with the history of evolution, broadly construed.
Keywords Darwin centennial  Darwinian Revolution  discipline  evolutionary biology evolutionary synthesis  historiography
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DOI 10.1007/s10739-004-6508-z
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