It was at Edinburgh University that he first encountered radical philosophical materialism, which laid the philosophical foundation for his work in evolution.
Learn more about Darwin’s experiences at the University of Edinburgh with the Plinian Society, and his interaction with prominent atheists near the end of his life.
Surely the “iconic” status of Darwin’s book could never have been predicted by either the author or his publisher.
We can add Andrew Berry to the list of those quick to praise Alfred Wallace on certain matters but equally quick to condemn him on others.
Part of his brilliance was in recognizing that an appropriate challenge to the reductionisms of our age required a thoroughly multidisciplinary approach.