The synthesis period in evolutionary studies (most people call this the “evolutionary synthesis”) of the 1930s and 1940 has had a standard narrative for many years, but pressure has increasing for a revision. Descended from Darwin: Insights into the History of Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970, contributes to that revision. It began as a conference at the American Philosophical SocietyLibrary, Philadelphia (22–23 October 2004). The goal of the conference was to investigate how scholarship might move forward.
The main focus of the meeting was on before, during, and after the synthesis period in evolutionary studies (1930s-1940s) in America. This has been the focus of substantial new research and important new thinking. This volume brings together fifteen specialists to explore these developments and to press further.
Questions shaping these essays focus on the following broad themes:
continuity and breaks across generations
emerging narratives for the period
new research opportunities at the APS
new ideas from the research front
placing evolutionists in the broader context of biology
In addition to fifteen original essays, this volume includes a thoughtful introduction by Michael Ruse.
The conference was made possible by the generous support of the Barra Foundation and given in honour of the late Professor Frederick H. Burkhardt.
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Joe Cain and Michael Ruse, eds. 2009. Descended from Darwin: Insights into the History of Evolutionary Studies, 1900-1970. Edited by Joe Cain and Michael Ruse. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. ISBN: 978‐1‐60618‐991‐7. Ordering information.
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