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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Authors & Contributors
Salter, Daniel
Galera, Andrés
Loison, Laurent
Lynn, Laura
Dawidowicz, Paula
Forsdyke, Donald Roy
Journal of the History of Biology
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science and Education
The MIT Press
Columbia University Press
Walden University
Controversies and disputes
Science and religion
Lamarck, Jean Baptiste Antoine Pierre de Monet de
Darwin, Charles Robert
Butler, Samuel
Hering, Ewald
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Dawkins, Richard
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
21st century
United States
Catalonia (Spain)
Great Britain
Soviet Union

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