• Why Darwin was English

    Author(s):
    Gabriel Finkelstein (see profile)
    Date:
    2000
    Subject(s):
    Darwinism, History of science, Innovation, National identity, Victorian history
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M61J9773V
    Abstract:
    A "late developer" argument, common to Psychology and Economic History, can be used to explain cultural innovation. It argues that the 19th century theory of natural selection arose in England and not Germany because of – and not in spite of – England’s scientific backwardness. Measured in terms of institutions, communities, and ideas, the relative retardation of English science was precisely what enabled it to adopt German advances in novel ways.
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