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.
It is appropriate that Fortuna’s emblematic representation with her ubiquitous wheel should have gone on to become the prototype of the modern roulette wheel.
Darwin found himself in the unhappy position of having his faith undermined by what he saw as the non-directed processes of geological and biological evolution.