Where Do We Come From? Is Darwin Correct?
A Philosophical and Critical Study of Darwin's Theory of “Natural Selection”
First published in 1911. The first chapter in this fascinating study devotes itself to a short preliminary introduction to Darwin’s ideas, and some remarks on the thoughts of the ancients on the subject and how matters stood in the period immediately preceding the appearance of Darwin himself. The second and third chapters discuss Darwin’s theory and a suggested alternative hypothesis. The concluding chapter is devoted to the philosophical aspect of the case, and to some general reflections after a close perusal of Darwin’s works.
Table of Contents
Part One: Darwin’s Law of Natural Selection; 1. Introduction 2. Preliminary Observations 3. Darwin’s Theory. What is it? 4. An Alternative Hypothesis 5. Two Fatal Objections 6. Man and the Monkey 7. The Law of Hybridity 8. Transitional Varieties, and the Geological Record 9. Centres of Creation, the Ice-Age, and Means of Dispersal 10. Natura Non Facit Saltum 11. The Mental and Moral Qualities of Man and the Animals 12. Miscellaneous Objections 13. Sexual Selection 14. The Law of Evidence, and General Observations 15. Some Closing Observations; Part Two: The Trend of Darwin’s Philosophy; 16. Darwin’s Philosophy, and Reflections Thereon 17. Conclusion