Fall 2007

Evolution and Intellectual Revolution


John W. Servos (Section 01)


Few thinkers have had such a broad and deep influence on their subject as Charles Darwin has had on biology; few scientific theories have had larger effects on western culture than his theory of evolution by natural selection. This course examines the Darwinian theory of evolution, its genesis and its influence. In so doing, we will study Darwin's career, the scientific and non-scientific background to his work, and the debate over evolution as it was conducted in Darwin's time and as it persists to the present day. First semester. Professor Servos.