Those who interpreted the essence of Darwinism as being an explanation of evolution in (covertly) theistic terms appear to have had a point.
Natural selection reveals itself as not just a metaphor but a mixed one: Nature being dumb but nevertheless capable of discrimination.
Charles Darwin indiscriminately lumped together the organic and inorganic spheres — a grand category error.
The book under review is a splendid and uniquely well-informed contribution to the debate about what is by all indices a theory in possibly terminal crisis.
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited.