Life and Habit.

BUTLER, Samuel (1835-1902):

Verlag: London: Trübner, 1878., 1878
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5 leaves, 307 pp. Original cloth. Very Good+. 'During the 1860s everyone had been discussing 'The Species Question', and various people had criticized Darwin and his theory. But not Butler. He set out to offer his own ideas about evolution which he believed would supplement Darwin's work, in a book called Life and Habit. Butler contended that much of inheritance was based on habit making a feature ingrained, to the extent that it could pass between generations and reappear in the next or later. The idea of 'use-inheritance' was part of Darwin's original theory, where he could not account for variations by natural selection, and Butler felt that he was adding something important to Darwin. He then discovered for the first time that an earlier scientist Lamarck had proposed such a theory of inheritance fifty years earlier. He read St. George Jackson Mivart's book Genesis of Species, with its powerful critique of natural selection, and concluded that Darwin was a charlatan. He had taken all his good ideas from Lamarck, and added only natural selection himself which Butler described as 'a rope of sand'. Although Butler and Darwin's son Frances were quite good friends, Butler precipitated a rather one-sided feud with Darwin over this, and over what he felt was a snub regarding a biography of Erasmus Darwin for which Charles wrote the introduction . . . Life and Habit appeared in 1878, having converted from a companion piece to Darwin's Origin into a fierce attack on Darwin and his theory' (David Clifford, Ph.D., Cambridge University, at the Victorian Web Web site). Buchnummer des Verkäufers 19743

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Titel: Life and Habit.

Verlag: London: Trübner, 1878.

Erscheinungsdatum: 1878

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand: Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: No Jacket

Auflage: 1st Edition


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