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Debate Darwin Spring 2012


George Levine


Darwin and the Novelists (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988; reprinted by University of Chicago Press).

Darwin Loves You: Natural Selection and the Re-Enchantment of the World (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006).

Darwin the Writer (Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press,  2011).

NAOMI BECK - Be Fruitful and Multiply: Growth, Reason & Cultural Group Selection in Hayek & Darwin (April 25, 2012)

Autumn Workshop

ManuscriptGO Manuscript Project


Darwin among the non-scientists: some literary influence

Darwin's Origin of Species is arguably the most important work in the history of English literature, surpassing those of Dickens, Wordsworth, and Eliot. The strength of the work lies not only in the superiority of its argument, but in the book's conceptual and stylistic artistry. This lecture will address Darwin's literary influences and the Origin's continued impact. This lecture is one in an ongoing series. PLEASE NOTE: It will be held at 4PM, Room 224, Social Sciences Research Building, The University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th St.

For further information contact Beth Calderon (


The Debating Darwin workshops are a series of lectures given by the most acclaimed historians and philosophers of science. These workshops, headed by Robert J. Richards of the University of Chicago and Michael Ruse of Florida State University are co-sponsored by the Fishbein Center for History of Science, the Office of the President, and the Templeton Foundation.


April 13 - ELLIOTT SOBER(Wisconsin, Madison): Naturalism and Evolutionary Theory

May 25 - GEORGE LEVINE (Rutgers): Darwin among the non-scientists: some literary influence

BONUS VIDEO April 25 - NAOMI BECK (Max Planck): Be Fruitful and Multiply: Growth, Reason & Cultural Group Selection in Hayek & Darwin

Autumn 2011

Sept. 30 - PHILLIP SLOAN (Notre Dame): Natural Historical Realism and the Epistemology of Darwin's Descent: Turning the Zoological Gaze onto Human Beings

Oct. 14 - JAMES LENNOX (Pittsburgh): Accentuate the Negative: A Puzzle about the Structure of the Origin Solved

Oct. 28 - ROBERT J. RICHARDS (Chicago) AND MICHAEL RUSE (Florida State): Debating Darwin

Nov. 11 - GREGORY RADICK (Leeds): Lessons of the Galapagos

Lectures will occur at 4PM in the Social Sciences Research Building (1126 E. 59th St.), room 224


Cambridge Companion to the Origin of Species eds., Michael Ruse and Robert J Richards, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Darwinian Heresieseds. Robert J. Richards, Abigail Lustig and Michael Ruse (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).

Reflections on the Origin of Species, Michael Ruse, with David Reznick, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).

Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago Press, 1987).

Darwinism and its Discontents Michael Ruse (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

The Romantic Conception of Life: Science and Philosophy in the Age of Goethe Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago Press, 2002).

The Evolution/Creation Struggle Michael, Ruse (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005).

The Tragic Sense of Life: Ernst Haeckel and the Struggle over Evolutionary Thought Robert J. Richards (University of Chicago Press, 2008) .

Debating Design: Darwin to DNA Michael Ruse (edited with William Dembski), (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004).