Historical Who is Who

DARWIN, Charles

1809 - 1882
England
PHILOSOPHY

Author of Origin of Species and advocate of the theory of evolution through the process of natural selection. During and continuing on from his own historical context, the theory was and is in contention with versions of religious belief which follow a literal interpretation of a scriptural picture of creation. More fundamentally, it raises questions, which Darwin himself wrestled with, as to whether there can be any purposeful and humane order in life in the face of the extent of suffering intrinsic to nature. Though not by Darwin himself, 'survival of the fittest' has since been invoked in justification of certain approaches to economics and eugenics.

Life

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/science-of-natural-history/biographies/charles-darwin

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/darwin_charles.shtml

http://darwin-online.org.uk/biography.html

Writings

Complete Works http://darwin-online.org.uk

Video

Charles Darwin: short biography (3 mins) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEZCSkUc9rE

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