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Darwin"s Sacred Cause

How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin"s Views on Human Evolution

by Adrian J. Desmond

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Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Boston .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Darwin, Charles, -- 1809-1882 -- Ethics.,
  • Darwin, Charles, -- 1809-1882 -- Political and social views.,
  • Human evolution -- Philosophy.,
  • Slavery -- Philosophy.,
  • Slavery -- Moral and ethical aspects.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementAdrian Desmond and James Moore.
    ContributionsMoore, James R. 1947-
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsGN281.4 .D47 2009
    The Physical Object
    Paginationp. cm.
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23042290M
    ISBN 100547055269
    ISBN 109780547055268
    LC Control Number2008043482

      In their book Darwin’s Sacred Cause () Adrian Desmond and James Moore purport to demonstrate that they have provided an original explanation for the inspiration behind Darwin’s determined pursuit of an explanatory theory for the transformation of species of which he became convinced as a result of his experiences during the Beagle voyage of to Cited by: 1. While Darwin provides the central character of the book, though, what really makes Darwin's Sacred Cause unique is that Desmond and Moore wander far afield to explain the social and political.

    "Darwin's Sacred Cause" is the most thought-provoking book of social history I've read in recent years. It's a book I wish I'd written myself, or even had the scholarly tools to write. Though the cause was (and is) sacred, Desmond and Moore do NOT make a saint of Charles Darwin/5(21).   Darwin’s great book was compelling because it is at once authoritative, brimming with data and candid about its limitations. Desmond and Moore’s Darwin’s Sacred Cause is also "one long argument", but it is written in the form of a breathless narrative replete with rhetorical flourishes. This makes it a superb and edifying read.

      The new book, Darwin's Sacred Cause is a result of a lot of study by the duo, especially since the publication of all the Darwin's correspondence. The new thesis is that the driving force behind. "Darwin's Sacred Cause" is the most thought-provoking book of social history I've read in recent years. It's a book I wish I'd written myself, or even had the scholarly tools to write. Though the cause was (and is) sacred, Desmond and Moore do NOT make a saint of Charles Darwin/5.


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Darwin's Sacred Cause does an admirable job of explaining why Darwin was so determined to continue his family's tradition of opposition to slavery and thus reveals an aspect of his character that is generally unknown and often misrepresented by creationists and IDers/5(24).

What was Darwin's `sacred cause'. The answer is anti-slavery. And his hatred of slavery stemmed from his conviction that humans of all races shared a common origin. For Darwin, all humans, regardless of their race, shared a Darwins Sacred Cause book by: Critics uniformly praised Darwin's Sacred Cause, describing it as thoroughly researched, absorbing, and even "thrilling" (Independent).

Only a few had misgivings: some critics noticed that the authors gloss over evidence of prejudice -- practically a hallmark of polite Victorian society -- in Darwin's writings, /5(28).

The "sacred cause" of opposition to slavery inspired Darwin's science. But in his autobiography, which was initially written for private, family consumption, Darwin nowhere says anything about his anti-slavery views influencing his evolutionary s: 7.

"'Darwin’s Sacred Cause' shows that there is still new material to be gleaned from the life of a man much picked over, and who turned the world upside down." - Economist "This book dispels the legend, long attached to retrospective accounts of Darwin’s research, that the great scientist’s interest in evolution was spurred by Galapagos : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

What was Darwin's `sacred cause'. The answer is anti-slavery. And his hatred of slavery stemmed from his conviction that humans of all races shared a common origin. For Darwin, all humans, regardless of their race, shared a common s: 7. This book, by Darwin's most celebrated modern biographers, gives a completely new explanation of why he came to his shattering theories about human origins.

Until now, Desmond and Moore argue, the source of the moral fire which gives such intensity and urgency to Darwin's ideas has gone unnoticed. Adrian Desmond is an honorary research fellow in the biology department at University College London and the author of seven other books on evolution and Victorian science, including an acclaimed biography, Moore’s books include The Post-Darwinian Controversies and The Darwin has taught at Harvard, Notre Dame, and McMaster University, and is professor of Author: Adrian Desmond.

Slavery was therefore a sin, and abolishing it became Darwin’s sacred cause. His theory of evolution gave a common ancestor not only to all races, but to all biological life. This “masterful” book restores the missing moral core of Darwin’s evolutionary universe, providing a completely new account of how he came to his shattering theories about human origins (Publishers Weekly, starred review).Reviews:   While Darwin provides the central character of the book, though, what really makes Darwin’s Sacred Cause unique is that Desmond and Moore wander far afield to explain the social and political world.

‘Darwin’s Sacred Cause’ We use Darwin's notes, cryptic marginalia (where key clues lie) and even ships' logs and lists of books read by Darwin. His published notebooks and correspondence.

The book Darwin’s Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins, Adrian Desmond and James Moore is published by University of Chicago Press. Darwin’s Sacred Cause claims that Darwin succeeded in his mission.

Darwin’s Sacred Cause provides a detailed examination of slavery and the prominent figures in both camps during those controversial years.

The book quotes many original sources, giving each person the opportunity to speak in his own words. Darwin's Sacred Cause is a scholarly, dense but thoroughly readable book. As well as following every twist and turn in Darwin's researches and opinions, it offers a comprehensive account of 19th-century racial theory and a vivid picture of the era's anthropological controversies.

"'Darwin’s Sacred Cause' shows that there is still new material to be gleaned from the life of a man much picked over, and who turned the world upside down." - Economist "This book dispels the legend, long attached to retrospective accounts of Darwin’s research, that the great scientist’s interest in evolution was spurred by Galapagos finches.

darwin’s sacred cause How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution by Adrian Desmond & James Moore.

Two important new books consider Darwin's achievement and the radical changes brought about by his thinking. In Darwin's Island, Steve Jones places his work in a continuum that reaches into the present of scientific research, as well as emphasising its extraordinary prescience; in Darwin's Sacred Cause.

Darwin's Sacred Cause The evolutionist wanted his theory to prove slavery wrong. Darwin’s Sacred Cause By Adrian Desmond and James Moore Houghton Mifflin Harcourt pp., $   Leading apologists for slavery in Darwin's time argued that blacks and whites were separate species, with whites created superior.

Darwin believed that the races belonged to the same human family, and slavery was therefore a sinFrom publisher description Includes bibliographical references (pages ) and indexPages:   "Darwin's Sacred Cause" will be one of the major contributions to the worldwide Darwin anniversary celebrations in From the Inside Flap In this remarkable book Adrian Desmond and James Moore, world authorities on Darwin, give a completely new explanation of how Darwin came to his famous view of evolution, which traced all life to an /5(11).

The argument of their new book, “Darwin’s Sacred Cause,” is bluntly stated in its subtitle: “How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution.” They set out to overturn the widespread view that Darwin was a “tough-minded scientist” who unflinchingly Author: Christopher Benfey.Book Summary.

Mining untapped sources, the authors of an acclaimed biography of Darwin offer an astonishing new portrait of the scientific icon.

In Darwin's Sacred Cause, Adrian Desmond and James Moore restore the missing moral core of Darwin's evolutionary universe, providing a completely new account of how he came to his shattering theories about.Darwin's Sacred Cause is a fascinating book because, I think, it decisively reshape how Christians should approach Charles Darwin.

Properly understood, The Origin of Species was a moral document. A document that, more than any other, ended the era of scientific racism and helped bring global slavery to .