The impact of Charles Darwin s work on Western civilization has
been broad and deep. As much as anyone in the modern era, he
changed human thought, and his influence is still felt in virtually
all aspects of our lives. This new edition, larger and more varied
than the previous ones, includes more of Darwin's own work and also
presents the most recent research and scholarship on all aspects of
Darwin s legacy. The biological sciences, as well as social
thought, philosophy, ethics, religion, and literature, have all
been shaped and reshaped by evolutionary concepts. Excerpts from
the most important books and articles of recent years confirm this
Darwinian heritage. New work by Richard Dawkins, Edward O. Wilson,
Kevin Padian, Eugene C. Scott, Steven Pinker, Daniel Dennett,
Michael Ruse, Frans de Waal, Noretta Koertge, George C. Williams,
George Levine, Stephen Jay Gould, Gillian Beer, Ernst Mayr, and
many others illuminates this exciting intellectual history. A
wide-ranging new introduction by the editor provides context and
coherence to this rich body of engaging material, much of which
will be shaping human thought well into the new century. This
edition will be useful to scientists and historians alike: "The
Norton Darwin explains Darwinian evolution and illustrates the
social and intellectual conflicts of the past two centuries better
than any other book that I am aware of." (Charles Taylor, Professor
of Biology, Ecology, and Evolution, University of California, Los
Angeles) And it will be of great value to the humanities and social
sciences as well: "The edition provides the sharpest and most
exciting access to Darwin we have ever had. It shows all of us
interested in the heart of our intellectual heritage how that
heritage is sustained, manipulated, and honored." (James R.
Kincaid, Aerol Arnold Professor of English, University of Southern
California) A Selected Bibliography and an Index are included."
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