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Perspective on Darwinism

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Putnam

The course focuses on the historical importance of the Darwinian revolution in biology. To understand more fully Darwin's accomplishments, students study evolutionary and anti-evolutionary thinkers who came before him. In doing so, students come to understand more deeply the resistance to the Origin of Species at the time of its publication and similar resistance to evolutionary thinking before the Darwinian era. Post-Darwinian controversies of the late 19th and early 20th century are considered as well as those emerging in contemporary biology.