Charles Darwin's Incomplete Revolution

The Origin of Species and the Static Worldview

  • Richard G. Delisle

Part of the Evolutionary Biology – New Perspectives on Its Development book series (EBNPD, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Historical Shallowness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Richard G. Delisle
      Pages 33-64
  3. To Travel in Geographical Space Is to Travel in Geological Time

  4. Evolutionary Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
  5. A Question of Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Richard G. Delisle
      Pages 231-259
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 271-276

About this book


This book offers a thorough reanalysis of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, which for many people represents the work that alone gave rise to evolutionism. Of course, scholars today know better than that. Yet, few resist the temptation of turning to the Origin in order to support it or reject it in light of their own work. Apparently, Darwin fills the mythical role of a founding figure that must either be invoked or repudiated. The book is an invitation to move beyond what is currently expected of Darwin's magnum opus. Once the rhetorical varnish of Darwin's discourses is removed, one discovers a work of remarkably indecisive conclusions.

The book comprises two main theses:

(1) The Origin of Species never remotely achieved the theoretical unity to which it is often credited. Rather, Darwin was overwhelmed by a host of phenomena that could not fit into his narrow conceptual framework.

(2) In the Origin of Species, Darwin failed at completing the full conversion to evolutionism. Carrying many ill-designed intellectual tools of the 17th and 18th centuries, Darwin merely promoted a special brand of evolutionism, one that prevented him from taking the decisive steps toward an open and modern evolutionism.

It makes an interesting read for biologists, historians and philosophers alike.


Origin of Species Darwinism Charles Darwin Evolutionism Complexity Darwinian Revolution Transformist Revolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard G. Delisle
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Philosophy and School of Liberal EducationUniversity of LethbridgeLethbridgeCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17202-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17203-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-7751
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-776X
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