Cambridge Companions to Philosophy The Cambridge Companion to Darwin Synopsis
The naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin (1809-82) ranks as one of the most influential scientific thinkers of all time. In the nineteenth century his ideas about the history and diversity of life - including the evolutionary origin of humankind - contributed to major changes in the sciences, philosophy, social thought and religious belief. The Cambridge Companion to Darwin has established itself as an indispensable resource for anyone teaching or researching Darwin's theories and their historical and philosophical interpretations. Its distinguished team of contributors examines Darwin's main scientific ideas and their development; Darwin's science in the context of its times; the influence of Darwinian thought in recent philosophical, social and religious debate; and the importance of Darwinian thought for the future of naturalist philosophy. For this second edition, coverage has been expanded to include two new chapters: on Darwin, Hume and human nature, and on Darwin's theories in the intellectual long run, from the pre-Socratics to the present.
Cambridge Companions to Philosophy The Cambridge Companion to Darwin Press Reviews
Praise for the first edition: '... the contributions are largely drawn from excellent writers and are very accessible. It would be hard to imagine a much more effective or authoritative Companion to Darwin.' Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology 'This is a comprehensive guide to the man, his life and his influence on modern science. It is easy to read and should be the first port of call for anyone with an interest in Darwin.' Reference Reviews 'The essays collectively provide an excellent conspectus of the state of the industry. The essays all survey their territories in exemplary fashion, at the same time showing something of what is being done at their boundaries ... if you are a would-be member of the Darwin Industry you must read this book.' Metascience Joint review with The Cambridge Companion to the 'Origin of Species': ' ... undeniably a great introduction to Darwin, his ideas and his legacies. With the wealth of historical and philosophical analyses, and the great variety of contributions covering major problems within the field, they constitute an indispensable tool for any teacher or student of Darwin and Darwinism. The general public will find a complete presentation of Darwin's thinking, while the scholarly can enjoy a number of revisionist claims sure to provoke responses, critical and otherwise.' Thierry Hoquet, The Journal of BJHS Unquestionably, the thoroughness of [The Cambridge Companion to Darwin, 2nd Edition and The Cambridge Companion to the 'Origin of Species'] will be caviar for professional scholars. But they will also appeal to a wider readership for offering clear and up-to-date expositions of the historical developments and theoretical principles of Darwin's evolutionary thinking. ... these volumes are undeniably a great introduction to Darwin, his ideas and his legacies. With the wealth of historical and philosophical analyses, and the great variety of contributions covering major problems within the field, they constitute an indispensable tool for any teacher or student of Darwin and Darwinism. The general public will find a complete presentation of Darwin's thinking, while the scholarly can enjoy a number of revisionist claims sure to provoke responses, critical and otherwise. - THIERRY HOQUET, British Journal of the History of Science ....offers a carefully ecumenical primer to the scholarly approaches on display. The editors, Jonathan Hodge and Gregory Radick, have fittingly organized chapters along methodological lines, and the abruptness between sections is to some extent an artifact of decades of exciting and bewildering disputes over Darwin and Darwinism.... an ideal companion, ushering the reader into conversations already underway.... its aim is rather to shepherd the reader in search of deeper and more expansive understanding....The revisions to Hodge and Radick's excellent introduction emphasize their aim of extracting philosophical themes from Darwin's own projects as well as from his legacy.... the Companion's riches should make it of interest not only to toilers in the Darwin Industry, who may choose to expand their libraries with the second edition, but also to a wider audience. Historians of the philosophy of science in particular may endorse the closing line of the volume.... - Kathryn Tabb, University of Pittsburgh, HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science ...there is an enormous amount of material one might have to become familiar with if one wants to have an informed view of Darwin, and so a standard reference book is required. This is that book - the second edition of the volume, updated somewhat and with new essays. In conjunction with another volume on the Origin itself, most students of Darwin would have little need for any other introductions to the historical context and development of he theory of evolution.... it is the best entry point into many debates and issues of the so-called Darwin industry that was set in motion 50 years earlier at the centenary of the Origin, and which continues unabated today. It should be in every interested person's personal library. --John S Wilkins, University of Sydney, Reports of the National Center for Science Education