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By Jonathan Hodge, Gregory Radick

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Charles Darwin is still the topic of constant full of life debate within the fields of philosophy, heritage of technology, biology and background of rules. This quantity deals a set of newly commissioned essays from specialists of their fields, and should supply a pupil readership with an obtainable consultant via Darwin's idea.

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In geology his theoretical speculations had become global, as he concluded that the earth at any one time had large areas undergoing subsidence of the surface while other areas are elevated, all by roving, untiring agencies acting, a` la Lyell, with uniform intensity on average through a vast past and on to an indefinite future. Darwin’s theory of coral islands took its place in this comprehensive scheme; coral islands being formed, not as Lyell had said in elevations, but in slow subsidences. The theory lay, then, at the intersection of the two main clusters of Darwin’s preoccupations as a scientific theorist: his Lyellian preoccupations with the stably balanced causes of terrestrial change in the physical and organic worlds; and his Grantian preoccupations with lower animal growth and reproduction (‘generation’) and with individual versus associated or colonial life, preoccupations going back to his apprenticeship to Robert Grant in invertebrate zoology at Edinburgh.

27. Keynes 2000. 28. 1, fol. 18r. 29. See Sloan 1985 for a quantitative discussion of these interests. 30. Sloan 1985, esp. 105 ff. 31. Darwin Papers, Cambridge, DAR 5, fol. 99. See full transcription of this document in Sloan 1985, 106–7. 32. Darwin Papers, Cambridge, DAR 42, fol. 7, as in Herbert 1995, 31. 33. Darwin Papers, Cambridge, DAR 42, fol. 7. Slight revisions of the transcription in Herbert 1995, 31–2. 34. Darwin Papers, Cambridge, DAR 42, fol. 10, as in Herbert 1995, 33. 35. Darwin Papers, Cambridge, DAR 42, fol.

When he wrote, shortly after his return, of The making of a philosophical naturalist 37 a law governing the succession of species in time that would interest ‘every philosophical naturalist’, he was writing as one who had indeed become one himself. notes 1. C. Darwin [1839] 1986, 164. 2. On the meaning of the term ‘philosophical naturalists’, see Rehbock 1983, ‘Introduction’ and the Introduction to this volume. 3. C. Darwin [1859] 1964, ch. 10. 4. C. Darwin 1958. For his earlier autobiographical sketch of August 1838, see F.

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