Neo-Lamarckism and the Evolution Controversy in France, 1870-1920 (Studies in French Civilization v. 14)

Neo-Lamarckism and the Evolution Controversy in France, 1870-1920 (Studies in French Civilization v. 14)

By: Stuart M. Persell (author)Hardback

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Detailing the work of several prominent French biologists involved in the controversy over the implications of Darwin's theory of natural selection, this volume discusses their non-selectionists views, primarily their adaptation of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck's early-19th century theories.


Part 1 Introduction: the school of neo-Lamarckism - empirical problems in theory formation; historical approaches; the influence of August Wiesmann; chronology. Part 2 Alfred Giard: Lamarckian and neo-Lamarckian science; the reconstruction of Jean Baptiste Lamarck; more than one neo-Lamarckism; first reactions to hard inheritance; continued reactions to hard inheritance. Part 3 Yves Delage: general change and outside influences; the Giard-Delages controversy; ontogenesis and preformation; Weismann and natural selection; progressive force; Yves Delage and the neo-Lamarckian response to the rise of classical genetics. Part 4 Felix Le Dantec: Lamarck the precursor and the impact of foreign models; Le Dantec's theory of functional assimilation; a materialist definition of species and the challenge of August Weismann; Lucien Cuenot and mutation theory; Lucien Cuenot contre Felix Le Dantec. Part 5 Jean De Lanessan: the historical phase - the revival of Buffon; mechanism, materialism and the early acceptance of Darwin; heredity and the challenge of neo-Darwinism - pan-genesis, isolating divergence and common descent; the problem of mutations. Part 6 Neo-Lamarckism and Republican reform ideology: neo-Lamarckian evolution - the theoretical basis of Republican morality; the law of association, historical evolution and formation of the solidarist credo; abrogating the concordat; educating women and the modern citizen; crime, biology and ideology in the Third Republic.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773482753
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 300
  • ID: 9780773482753
  • ISBN10: 077348275X

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