It’s too bad that Anthony Kuhn and others cannot tell what Paul Harvey used to call “the rest of the story.”
The fact that Darwinism is in need of an apologetic for its social record should give its supporters (including Peter Bowler) more than momentary pause.
Imagine that Darwin had fallen overboard and there was no Origin of Species or anything else from his pen.
In a real sense the issue of Wallace’s status is not settled.
Consider David Attenborough’s concern with population control. Wallace specifically and vocally denounced the population regulators of his own day.
I’ve read many defenders of Charles Darwin who try to distance him from the eugenics movement.
Biographically speaking, reading Darwin’s Origin was seminal in Stalin’s own march toward a godless communism.
His take on Darwin’s unwitting contribution to 20th-century genocide and mass murder (though certainly unintended) is more right than wrong.
The co-discoverer of natural selection died on the morning of November 7, 1913, at 90 years of age. It was the end of a remarkable career.
Reading his Darwin, Marx, Wagner: Critique of a Heritage was transformative for me.