, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 411-413
Date: 20 Aug 2011

Eve-Marie Engels and Thomas F. Glick (Eds): The Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe

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The reception of Charles Darwin’s work in England, especially of The Origin of Species in 1859, started immediately. Despite its heavy impact on the life sciences in general and the understanding of phylogenetic alternations of populations by natural selection over time in particular it also aroused instant reactions and heated discussions over anthropologic and theological issues on the British Islands.

Throughout the European continent, the reception of Darwin’s theory differed from country to country and between the disciplines, being influenced by a variety of philosophical and theological assumptions, disciplinary epistemological and methodological criteria, respective publication organs and scientific institutions, further political, historical and cultural contexts and also by Darwin’s own correspondence. With respect to these factors, The Reception of Charles Darwin in Europe aims to provide a comprehensive overview of how Darwin’s work was received in each country in a characte ...