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By Alexander Vucinich

Darwin in Russian Thought represents the 1st accomplished and systematic learn of Charles Darwin's impression on Russian notion from the early 1860s to the October Revolution. whereas targeting the position of Darwin's concept within the improvement of Russian technology and philosophy, Vucinich additionally explores the dominant ideological and sociological interpretations of evolutionary inspiration, offering a deft research of the perspectives held via the leaders of Russian nihilism, populism, anarchism, and marxism.

Darwin's pondering profoundly inspired highbrow discourse in Russia: it effected the emergence of "theoretical theology," a contemporary attempt to supply theological responses to the progressive adjustments within the typical sciences, contributed to the evolution of a latest medical group, and spurred the swiftly turning out to be drawback with the epistemological and moral foundations of technological know-how commonly. Scholarly battles have been waged one of the critics of Darwin—Karl von Baer, Nikolai Iakovlevich Danilevskii and Sergei Ivanovich Korzhinskii, and others—and the defenders of the faith.

Vucinich is ready to delineate the distinct nationwide features of Russian Darwinism: the powerful impression of Lamarckian proposal, the behind schedule attractiveness of the contributions of genetics, the near-universal rejection of Social Darwinism, the early anticipation of the triumph of "evolutionary synthesis," and the heavy focus at the social and ethical points of evolutionary idea. Vividly argued and wealthy intimately, Darwin in Russian Thought offers a special glimpse into the Russian psyche.

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