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Continuity and exceptionalism in Charles Darwin (2023)


This article is an analysis of Darwin’s attempt to reconcile naturalism and exceptionalism in The Descent of Man. The principle of gradual evolution, which had already been set out in the Origin of Species, was reinterpreted, and extended beyond the morphological characteristics of living things into the range of characteristics considered exceptional for the human species: abstract reasoning, morality, and numeracy. To explain the natural origin of these unique capacities, Darwin will introduce a series of additional hypotheses in which speech, which would have arisen from the ability to produce different sounds at will, serves as a scaffold for the development of the other distinctive human capacities. It is in this way that Darwin will attempt to dispel any doubts about the animal origin of human beings

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Article Vincent Jullien; Carmen Martínez-Adame (2023) Foreward. Almagest (pp. 6-14). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Alter, Stephen G.
Brooke, John Hedley
Brotman, Charles M.
Bylica, P.
Canseco, Juan
Compagnon, Antoine
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Comptes Rendus Biologies
History of the Human Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of the History of Biology
Duke University Press
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
W. W. Norton & Co.
University of Rochester
Human evolution
Naturalism (philosophy)
Science and race
Natural selection
Darwin, Charles Robert
Wallace, Alfred Russel
Galton, Francis
Haeckel, Ernst
Hooker, Joseph Dalton
Paley, William
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
Great Britain
South America

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