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Monkeys into Men and Men into Monkeys: Chance and Contingency in the Evolution of Man, Mind and Morals in Charles Kingsley's Water Babies (2013)


The nineteenth century theologian, author and poet Charles Kingsley was a notable populariser of Darwinian evolution. He championed Darwin's cause and that of honesty in science for more than a decade from 1859 to 1871. Kingsley's interpretation of evolution shaped his theology, his politics and his views on race. The relationship between men and apes set the context for Kingsley's consideration of these issues. Having defended Darwin for a decade in 1871 Kingsley was dismayed to read Darwin's account of the evolution of morals in Descent of Man. He subsequently distanced himself from Darwin's conclusions even though he remained an ardent evolutionist until his death in 1875.

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Authors & Contributors
England, Richard K.
Hale, Piers J.
Kuipers, Christopher
Williamson, Michael T.
Wolfe, Audra Jayne
Kay, Lily E.
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of the History of Biology
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Victorian Studies
Palgrave Macmillan
University of Chicago Press
Southern Illinois University Press
Odile Jacob
Science and religion
Science and literature
Evolution and ethics
Science and race
Darwin, Charles Robert
Kingsley, Charles
Wells, Herbert George
Romanes, George John
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Gray, Asa
Great Britain
United States
19th century
20th century
Early modern
18th century
17th century
Human Genome Project

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