Charles Darwin – Evolution and the Fall of Human Superiority

  • László Erdős


Charles Darwin was one of the most brilliant minds in the history of science. By discovering the mechanisms of evolution, Darwin solved one of the world’s greatest riddles. In addition, he redefined humanity’s place in the universe. It became clear that humans are not separate from nature, and there is no chasm between humans and non-human species. The idea of the great chain of being, with humans at the top, became untenable. Darwinian evolution calls for a re-evaluation of how we treat non-human animals. Since Darwin, anthropocentric views belong to the dustbin of history.


On the origin of species Beagle (ship) Variation Selection Anthropocentrism 

Worth Reading

  1. Darwin, C. (2004). The descent of man and selection in relation to sex. London: Penguin Books.Google Scholar
  2. Darwin, C. (2009a). On the origin of species by means of natural selection. London: Penguin Books.Google Scholar
  3. Darwin, C. (2009b). The expression of the emotions in man and animals. London: Penguin Books.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Rachels, J. (1990). Created from animals: The moral implications of Darwinism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar

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Worth Watching

  1. Darwin’s Brave New World (2009)Google Scholar
  2. Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life (2009)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • László Erdős
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  1. 1.MTA-DE Lendület Functional and Restoration Ecology Research Group, DebrecenInstitute of Ecology and Botany MTA Centre for Ecological ResearchVácrátótHungary

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