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Darwin's metaphor : nature's place in Victorian culture

Author: Robert M Young
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this collection of closely interrelated essays, Robert Young emphasizes the scope of the nineteenth-century debate on 'man's place in nature' at the same time as he engages with the approaches of scholars who write about it. He is critical of the separation of the writing of history from writing about history, historiography, and of the separation of history from politics and ideology, then or now. Dr Young  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Essays
Student Collection
Biography
History
Biographies
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert M Young
ISBN: 0521300835 9780521300834 0521317428 9780521317429
OCLC Number: 11210863
Description: xvii, 341 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The impact of Darwin on conventional thought --
Malthus and the evolutionists: the common context of biological and social theory --
The role of psychology in the nineteenth-century evolutionary debate --
Darwin's metaphor: does nature select? --
Natural theology, Victorian periodicals, and the fragmentation of a common context --
The historiographic and ideological contexts of the nineteenth-century debate on man's place in nature.
Responsibility: Robert M. Young.
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"In this collection of closely interrelated essays, Robert Young emphasizes the scope of the nineteenth-century debate on 'man's place in nature' at the same time as he engages with the approaches of scholars who write about it. He is critical of the separation of the writing of history from writing about history, historiography, and of the separation of history from politics and ideology, then or now. Dr Young challenges fellow historians for reimposing the very disciplinary boundaries that the nineteenth-century debate showed were in the service of ideological forces in that culture. Rather, he proposes that the full weight of the contending forces should be made apparent and debated openly so that neither nineteenth-century nor contemporary issues about the role of science in culture should be treated in a narrow perspective"--Pub. website.

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