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

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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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Darwin and the British Secularist Tradition

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The arresting historical vignette of Darwin’s fraught meeting with Bradlaugh and Aveling at his country retreat would doubtless make for a good TV docudrama. Source
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Darwin and the Swinging 1860s

Algernon Charles Swinburne, Charles Darwin, Darwin and the Victorian Crisis of Faith (series), Evolution, faith, Faith & Science, First Cause, First Vatican Council, Flower Power, Germany, Higher Criticism, information, Kulturkampf, Otto von Bismarck, Pope Pius IX, Roman Catholic Church, Secularism, Victorian England
The threat which such thinking posed to theistic beliefs was not lost on the Roman Catholic Church when Pope Pius IX convened the First Vatican Council of 1869. Source
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Evolutionary Psychology: Checkered Past, Checkered Present

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If we want to effectively explain human behavior in all its messy richness, we would do well to look beyond this box of just-so stories. Source
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The Casual Racism of Charles Darwin

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It is certainly startling to see the N-word cropping up in Darwin’s letters, but this is not the only place. Source
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Charles Darwin in Light of Black History Month

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Was Darwin’s racism purely a function of his time and place, Victorian England? Historian Michael Flannery says no. Source
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Shaw, Scientism, and Darwinism

Androcles and the Lion, Aristophanes, Arms and the Man, Back to Methuselah, Barbara Undershaft, Candida, Charles Dickens, Culture & Ethics, Darwinism, G. K. Chesterton, George Bernard Shaw, Great Britain, Hard Times, Jacques Barzun, John P. Gluck, London, Ludwig van Beethoven, Malcolm Muggeridge, Manchester Guardian, Pygmalion, Russia, Salvation Army, scientism, Shaw Chesterton series, St. Joan, The Restoration of Man, Tom Stoppard, Victorian England
George Bernard Shaw’s positive criterion by which to measure and ridicule folly and vice was fatally ambiguous, eclectic, and inconstant. Source
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