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    Charles Darwin’s Theory of Moral Sentiments: What Darwin’s Ethics Really Owes to Adam Smith.Greg Priest - 2017 - Journal of the History of Ideas 78 (4):571-593.
    When we read On the Origin of Species, we cannot help but hear echoes of the Wealth of Nations. Darwin’s “economy of nature” features a “division of labour” that leads to complexity and productivity. We should not, however, analyze Darwin’s ethics through this lens. Darwin did not draw his economic ideas from Smith, nor did he base his ethics on an economic foundation. Darwin’s ethics rest on Smith’s notion—from the Theory of Moral Sentiments—of an innate human faculty of sympathy. Darwin (...)
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    Marco Solinas. From Aristotle’s Teleology to Darwin’s Genealogy: The Stamp of Inutility. Translated by James Douglas. X + 182 Pp., Bibl., Index. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. $95. [REVIEW]Greg Priest - 2017 - Isis 108 (4):869-870.
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    A listair S ponsel, Darwin’s Evolving Identity: Adventure, Ambition, and the Sin of Speculation, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018, x + 358 pp., $50.00. [REVIEW]Greg Priest - 2019 - History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 41 (3):36.
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    Framing Causal Questions About the Past: The Cambrian Explosion as Case Study.Greg Priest - 2017 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 63:55-63.
    About 540 million years ago, a rapid radiation of animal phyla radically changed the Earth’s biota in a geological eye-blink. What caused this “Cambrian explosion”? Over the years, paleontologists have pointed to a wide array of different physical mechanisms as the causal “trigger” for the explosion. More recently, some paleontologists have proposed complex causal pathways to which multiple physical mechanisms are said to have contributed. Despite their variety, these answers share an assumption that a single explanation can in principle be (...)
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  5. Diagramming Evolution: The Case of Darwin's Trees.Greg Priest - forthcoming - Endeavour.
    From his earliest student days through the writing of his last book, Charles Darwin drew diagrams. In developing his evolutionary ideas, his preferred form of diagram was the tree. An examination of several of Darwin’s trees—from sketches in a private notebook from the late 1830s through the diagram published in the Origin—opens a window onto the role of diagramming in Darwin’s scientific practice. In his diagrams, Darwin simultaneously represented both observable patterns in nature and conjectural narratives of evolutionary history. He (...)
     
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