© 2001

The Reception of Darwinism in the Iberian World

Spain, Spanish America and Brazil

  • Thomas F. Glick
  • Miguel Angel Puig-Samper
  • Rosaura Ruiz

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 221)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Reception of Darwinism

    1. Thomas F. Glick
      Pages 29-52
    2. Heloisa Maria Bertol Domingues, Magali Romero Sá
      Pages 65-81
    3. Susana Pinar
      Pages 111-126
    4. Miguel Ángel Puig-Samper
      Pages 127-141
  3. Eugenics, Degeneration and Social Darwinism

    1. Laura Suárez Y. Lopez-Guazo
      Pages 143-151
    2. Ricardo Campos Marín, Rafael Huertas
      Pages 171-187
    3. Alvaro Girón
      Pages 189-203
  4. Theoretical Perspective

    1. Thomas F. Glick, Mark G. Henderson
      Pages 229-238
    2. Rosaura Ruiz, Francisco J. Ayala
      Pages 239-261
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 263-283

About this book


I Twenty-five years ago, at the Conference on the Comparative Reception of Darwinism held at the University of Texas in 1972, only two countries of the Iberian world-Spain and Mexico-were represented.' At the time, it was apparent that the topic had attracted interest only as regarded the "mainstream" science countries of Western Europe, plus the United States. The Eurocentric bias of professional history of science was a fact. The sea change that subsequently occurred in the historiography of science makes 1972 appear something like the antediluvian era. Still, we would like to think that that meeting was prescient in looking beyond the mainstream science countries-as then perceived-in order to test the variation that ideas undergo as they pass from center to periphery. One thing that the comparative study of the reception of ideas makes abundantly clear, however, is the weakness of the center/periphery dichotomy from the perspective of the diffusion of scientific ideas. Catholics in mainstream countries, for example, did not handle evolution much better than did their corre1igionaries on the fringes. Conversely, Darwinians in Latin America were frequently better placed to advance Darwin's ideas in a social and political sense than were their fellow evolutionists on the Continent. The Texas meeting was also a marker in the comparative reception of scientific ideas, Darwinism aside. Although, by 1972, scientific institutions had been studied comparatively, there was no antecedent for the comparative history of scientific ideas.


Charles Darwin Darwin Nation evolution ideology physiology social theory

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas F. Glick
    • 1
  • Miguel Angel Puig-Samper
    • 2
  • Rosaura Ruiz
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Centro de Estudios HistóricosMadridSpain
  3. 3.Universidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoMexico

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Reception of Darwinism in the Iberian World
  • Book Subtitle Spain, Spanish America and Brazil
  • Editors T.F Glick
    Miguel Angel Puig-Samper
    R. Ruiz
  • Series Title Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-0082-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-3885-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-010-0602-6
  • Series ISSN 0068-0346
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 283
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History, general
    Social Sciences, general
    Evolutionary Biology
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