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Charles Darwin's Reputation: How It Changed during the Twentieth-Century and How It May Change Again (2014)


Amundson, Ron (Author)

Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Volume: 38, no. 3-4
Issue: 3 - 4
Pages: 257-267

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Part of the Special issue on Charles Darwin and Scientific Revolutions.
Language: English

Charles Darwin died in 1882. During the twentieth century his reputation varied through time, as the scientific foundation of evolutionary theory changed. Beginning the century as an intellectual hero, he soon became a virtual footnote as experimental approaches to evolution began to develop. As the Modern Synthesis developed his reputation began to rise again until eventually he was identified as a founding father of the Modern Synthesis itself. In the meantime, developmental approaches to evolution began to challenge certain aspects of the Modern Synthesis. Synthesis authors attempted to refute the relevance of development by methodological arguments, some of them indirectly credited to Darwin. By the end of the century, molecular genetics had given new life to development approaches to evolution, now called evo devo. This must be seen as a refutation of the aforesaid methodological arguments of the Modern Synthesis advocates. By the way, we can also see now how the historiography that credited Darwin with the Synthesis was in error. In conclusion, one more historical revision is suggested.

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Authors & Contributors
Echeverria, Begona
Levine, George Lewis
Richardson, Angelique
Depew, David J.
Larsen, Kevin S.
Hoeg, Jerry
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
Studies in History of Biology
19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
History and Theory
Public Understanding of Science
Princeton University Press
Edwin Mellen Press
Anthem Press
University of California, Riverside
Palgrave Macmillan
Peter Lang
Popular culture
Modern Synthesis (biology)
Science and culture
Natural selection
Darwin, Charles Robert
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Eliot, George
Weismann, August
Lewes, George Henry
Hardy, Thomas
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
17th century
18th century
20th century, late
Great Britain
Latin America
United States

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