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- DescriptionThere has always been a mystery surrounding Darwin: How did this quiet, respectable gentleman come to beget one of the most radical ideas in the history of human thought? It is difficult to overstate what Darwin was risking in publishing his theory of evolution. So it must have been something very powerful a moral fire, as Desmond and Moore put it that helped propel him. That moral fire, they argue, was a passionate hatred of slavery.In opposition to the apologists for slavery who argued that blacks and whites had originated as separate species, Darwin believed the races belonged to the same human family. Slavery was a sin, and abolishing it became his sacred cause. By extending the abolitionists idea of human brotherhood to all life, Darwin developed our modern view of evolution.Drawing on a wealth of fresh manuscripts, family letters, diaries, and even ships logs, Desmond and Moore argue that only by ackwledging Darwin s abolitionist heritage can we fully understand the development of his groundbreaking ideas.
- Author BiographyAdrian Desmond is an honorary research fellow in the biology department at University College London and the author of seven other books on evolution and Victorian science, including an acclaimed biography, Huxley. James Moore s books include The Post-Darwinian Controversies and The Darwin Legend. He has taught at Harvard, Notre Dame, and McMaster University, and is professor of the history of science at the Open University. Desmond and Moore s Darwin (1991) won the James Tait Black Prize as well as three other awards; it has been widely translated.
- Author(s)Adrian J Desmond,James Moore
- PublisherUniversity of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2011
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectBiography: Science, Technology & Medical
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations, maps
- Weight703 g
- Width155 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine34 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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