Book ID: CBB001551952

Samuel Butler against the Professionals: Rethinking Lamarckism 1860-1900 (2015)


Gillott, David (Author)


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 179 + 19 pp.; ill.; index
Language: English

In the wake of the 2009 Darwin bicentenary, Samuel Butler (1835-1902) is becoming as well known for his public attack on Darwin's character and the basis of his scientific authority as for his novels Erewhon and The Way of All Flesh. In the first monograph devoted to Butler's ideas for over twenty years, David Gillott offers a much-needed reappraisal of Butler's work and shows how Lamarckian ideas pervaded the whole of Butler's wide-ranging ouevre, and not merely his evolutionary theory. In particular, he argues that Lamarckism was the foundation on which Butler's attempt to undermine professional authority in a variety of disciplines was based. Samuel Butler against the Professionals provides new insight into a fascinating but often misunderstood writer, and on the surprisingly broad application of Lamarckian ideas in the decades following publication of the Origin of Species.

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Review Cristiano Turbil (2016) Review of "Samuel Butler against the Professionals: Rethinking Lamarckism 1860-1900". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 300-301). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Loison, Laurent
Galera, Andrés
Sunhee Han
Yegge, John G.
Levit, Georgy S.
Sullivan, Gregory Franzis
Journal of the History of Biology
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Korean Journal of Medical History
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
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Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Darwin, Charles Robert
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Uexküll, Jakob Johann von
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