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How to Read Darwin (How to Read)

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Charles Darwin"s permanent legacy is his broad, abstract theories of evolution and natural selection, theories that he tested against an astonishing array of natural history evidence in his writing. Mark Ridley uses a question-and-answer approach to explain how Darwin carefully tackled problems, and shows here how the reader can understand Darwin"s arguments by first working out which question Darwin had implicitly set himself to answer.

Ridley concentrates on understanding Darwin"s most important books, On the Origin of Speciesand The Descent of Man, but he also examines a sample from one of Darwin"s other works on the emotions, as one representative from Darwin"s lesser-known works that ranged from flower pollination to coral reefs, from animal domestication to landscaping by earthworms.

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Ridley (zoology, Oxford U.) sets us straight on the work and thought of Darwin, who is probably one of the most misunderstood theorists in the Western World. Ridley concentrates on Darwin's most important books, On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man but also analyzes some of Darwin's lesser-known contributions to get a better idea of what questions he and others of his kind had about the human, and animal condition. He covers natural selection, interpretation of Darwin's theories, hybridism and biodiversity, the geological succession, evolution, Darwin's forays into social and moral faculties and the ways natural selection affects "civilized nations," sexual selection and the emotions. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Intent on letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading classic authors, the series will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.

Synopsis:

Charles Darwin's permanent legacy is his broad, abstract theories of evolution and natural selection, theories that he tested against an astonishing array of natural history evidence in his writing. Mark Ridley uses a question-and-answer approach to explain how Darwin carefully tackled problems, and shows here how the reader can understand Darwin's arguments by first working out which question Darwin had implicitly set himself to answer. Ridley concentrates on understanding Darwin's most important books, and , but he also examines a sample from one of Darwin's other works on the emotions, as one representative from Darwin's lesser-known works that ranged from flower pollination to coral reefs, from animal domestication to landscaping by earthworms.

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Approaching the writing of major intellectuals, artists, and philosophers need no longer be daunting. "How to Read" is a new sort of introduction--a personal master class in reading--that brings you face to face with the work of some of the most influential and challenging writers in history. About the series: Intent upon letting the reader discover the central concepts of important thinkers, the "How to Read" series explains essential topics in lucid, accessible language and provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of these texts vital to our world today.

About the Author

Mark Ridley works in the Department of Zoology, Oxford University. He previously held posts at Emory University in Atlanta and at Cambridge University in England. His books include the standard college text Evolution and Mendel's Demon. He has also edited anthologies on Evolution and A Darwin Selection.Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research, and a part-time professor of philosophy at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. His many books include Infinitely Demanding, Ethics-Politics-Subjectivity and, most recently, The Book of Dead Philosophers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393328813
Author:
Ridley, Mark
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Editor:
Critchley, Simon
Author:
Critchley, Simon
Subject:
Natural selection
Subject:
Evolution (Biology)
Subject:
Life Sciences - Evolution
Subject:
Darwin, Charles
Subject:
Evolution
Subject:
Biology-Evolution
Copyright:
Series:
How to Read Series
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.7 x 5 x 0.4 in 0.305 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Intent on letting the reader experience the pleasure and intellectual stimulation in reading classic authors, the series will facilitate and enrich your understanding of texts vital to the canon.
"Synopsis" by , Charles Darwin's permanent legacy is his broad, abstract theories of evolution and natural selection, theories that he tested against an astonishing array of natural history evidence in his writing. Mark Ridley uses a question-and-answer approach to explain how Darwin carefully tackled problems, and shows here how the reader can understand Darwin's arguments by first working out which question Darwin had implicitly set himself to answer. Ridley concentrates on understanding Darwin's most important books, and , but he also examines a sample from one of Darwin's other works on the emotions, as one representative from Darwin's lesser-known works that ranged from flower pollination to coral reefs, from animal domestication to landscaping by earthworms.
"Synopsis" by , Approaching the writing of major intellectuals, artists, and philosophers need no longer be daunting. "How to Read" is a new sort of introduction--a personal master class in reading--that brings you face to face with the work of some of the most influential and challenging writers in history. About the series: Intent upon letting the reader discover the central concepts of important thinkers, the "How to Read" series explains essential topics in lucid, accessible language and provides a context and an explanation that will facilitate and enrich your understanding of these texts vital to our world today.
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