The theory of evolution by natural selection was unveiled to a poorly attended and generally inattentive audience at a Linnean Society meeting.
Ideas do indeed have consequences, but not all ideas play out the same way or weave their way in the history of ideas toward the same destination.
O’Connell and Ruse’s failure to engage deeply and fully with the historiography of this question makes it hard to take their effort seriously.
The fatal flaw with metaphysical vitalism was that it invariably led to circular reasoning.
The so-called “anti-evolution” charge against intelligent design is what sparked my initial interest in Alfred Russel Wallace some years ago.