Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

abiogenesis, Alphonse de Candolle, Aristotle, atheists, atomism, Charles Bradlaugh, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Christianity, complexification, David Hume, Edward Aveling, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, Friedrich Engels, Georges Cuvier, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Greece, Homo sapiens, Intelligent Design, Karl Marx, Law of Correlation, Lucretius, Matthew Arnold, Middle Ages, natural selection, Origin of Species, Patrick Matthew, Plato, Poor Law, Rome, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Malthus, transhumanism, Unmoved Mover, Victorian England, William Paley
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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William Wordsworth’s Posthumous Challenge to Darwinian Nihilism

"survival of the fittest", Alvar Ellegard, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Christianity, Culture & Ethics, Ebenezer Scrooge, evolutionary processes, Faith & Science, Higher Criticism, logic, nature, nihilism, Origin of Species, philosophy, poetry, Robert Ryan, Samuel Butler, spirituality, Thomas Malthus, Victorian England, William Wordsworth
Paradoxically, Wordsworth's theology may have formed a more effective counterforce to Darwin's ideas than Biblical orthodoxy itself. Source
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Wordsworth: The Sage of the Lakes

Alexander Pope, bestseller, Britons, Charles Darwin, Culture & Ethics, Dove Cottage, F. W. H. Myers, Faith & Science, George Eliot, Guide to the Lakes, Harriet Martineau, John Stuart Mill, Lake District, nature, poets, Queen Victoria, railway, Stopford Brooke, tourists, transcendence, Victorian England, William Wordsworth, Wordsworth versus Darwin (series)
Wordsworth gave rise not just to a minority group of high-culture admirers but to a popular revolution in ordinary people’s thinking. Source
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Erasmus Darwin and Credible Denial

cancel culture, Charles Darwin, Creation, Deucalion, E Conchis Omnia, Enlightenment, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, French Revolution, Intelligent Design, Jacques Monod, Jennifer Hecht, John Milton, Lichfield, Lucretius, New Atheists, Paradise Lost, Richard Dawkins, sea shells, Sigmund Freud, spontaneous generation, The Age of Reason, theodicy, Thomas Paine
Consideration of Erasmus Darwin’s writings suggests that his unbelief could well have been father to the thought in the matter of his evolutionary speculations. Source
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Darwinian Racism, Past and Present

Center for Science & Culture, Cesare Lombroso, Charles Darwin, criminology, Culture & Ethics, Darwin Comes to Africa, Darwin Day in America, Darwinism, DNA, Evolution, humans, Italy, materialism, Museum of Criminal Anthropology, racial struggle, Racism, Richard Weikart, The Descent of Man, Turin, white superiority
John West discusses his experience visiting the Museum of Criminal Anthropology in Turin, Italy, and Cesare Lombroso’s racist ideas about evolution. Source
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