Article ID: CBB001500033

The Darwinian Revolution in Germany: From Evolutionary Morphology to the Modern Synthesis (2014)


Levit, Georgy S. (Author)
Hossfeld, Uwe (Author)
Olsson, Lennart (Author)

Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Volume: 38, no. 3-4
Issue: 3 - 4
Pages: 268-279

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

The Darwinian revolution in the German speaking lands was the result of a variety of influences and disciplinary convergences. One of the paths led from pre-Darwinian comparative morphology via Darwinian and Lamarckian evolutionary morphology to the Modern Synthesis. Our research demonstrates that there was no immediate replacement of one paradigm by another as described in the classical work of Thomas Kuhn. Rather, the development of novel conceptual structures looked like a Russian `matryoshka doll' consisting of an over-arching `meta-paradigm' embracing conceptual structures of ever smaller scale. Such a meta-paradigm for German life sciences was initially established by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which determined the specificity of German evolutionism throughout the 2nd half of the 19th and well into the 20th century.

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Authors & Contributors
Català Gorgues, Jesús Ignasi
Butler, Judith
Largier, Niklaus
Francois, Anne-Lise
Schmitt, Stéphane
Göbbel, Luminita
Journal of the History of Biology
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Theory in Biosciences
Jahrbuch für Europäische Wissenschaftskultur
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Scripta Nova. Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales
Columbia University Press
University of California, Berkeley
Natural selection
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Darwin, Charles Robert
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Haeckel, Ernst
Meckel, Johann Friedrich, the Younger
Bronn, Heinrich Georg
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
Catalonia (Spain)
Great Britain

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