The year 1859, when Darwin changed the course of science and when John Brown rebelled and died, was a profound historical turning point.
Literary critic M. D. Aeschliman sketches the intellectual evolution that connects Barzun with later Darwin critics. The latest is Stephen Meyer.
It is comforting to know that Himmelfarb never lost her intellectual acuity or her moral passion on the subject.
Gutsy, bold, and precise in her scholarship, she saw Darwin’s theory as offering convenient “scientific” support for class-divided, untrammeled survival-of-the-fittest industrial competition.
What can be said of Darwin and the Darwinian Revolution in the dusk of 2009, fifty year after its original publication? Is it a terrible book?