The Construction of Evolutionary Thought in Nineteenth Century Argentina


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Treatments of the reception of Darwinism have focused on Western Europe and North America. This book turns to Argentina in the second half of the nineteenth century. Having hosted Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle, Argentina had a claim to being the cradle of Darwinism. Such claims, together with other cultural currents placed the appropriation or rejection of Darwinism at the center of the struggle to articulate the national identity of the emerging Argentine Republic. Two chapters of original historiography are followed by eight chapters of new English translations of primary sources from the Argentine reception of Darwinism, including texts (by Domingo Sarmiento, Eduardo Holmberg, and others) well known to students of Latin American letters, but never before published in English.

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Alex Levine, Ph.D. (1994) in Philosophy, University of California, San Diego, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Florida. He has published in the philosophy of mind and philosophy of science, co-authoring From Man to Ape (Chicago, 2010) with Adriana Novoa.

Adriana Novoa, Ph.D. (1998) in History, University of California, San Diego, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of South Florida. She has published numerous articles on race, gender, evolution, and national identity in nineteenth century Argentina, and co-authored From Man to Ape (Chicago, 2010) with Alex Levine.

Chapter One: Darwin in Argentina
1. The Crisis of 1874
2. Darwinism Ascendant
3. Darwinism in Disarray

Chapter Two: Conflicting Systems
1. Progress or Regress? Evolution or Extinction?
2. Unity or Diversity?
3. Natural Selection vs. Aesthetic Selection
4. The Question of Spiritualism. The Philosophical Crisis of Darwinism

Chapter Three: Francisco Javier Muñiz (1795-1871)
The Muñi-Felis Bonaerensis (1845)

Chapter Four: Hermann Burmeister (1807-1891)
History of Creation (1870)

Chapter Five: Francisco P. Moreno (1852-1919)
Letter to his father, Francisco F. Moreno (1875)
Letter to his father, Francisco F. Moreno (1875)

Chapter Six: Domingo F. Sarmiento (1811-1888)
Sheep Growing. Letter to the Editor of The Boston Daily Advertiser, September 19, 1865.
Lecture on Darwin (1882)

Chapter Seven: Eduardo Holmberg (1852-1937)
A Struggle Between Two Parties (1875)
Charles Robert Darwin (1882)

Chapter Eight: Florentino Ameghino (1854-1911)
Phylogeny--The Principles of Transformationist Classification Based on Natural Laws and Mathematical Proportions (1884)
Vision and Reality (Allegory for Philogeny, 1889)

Chapter Nine: José Ingenieros (1877-1925)
Simulation in the Struggle for Life (1900)
On the Inferior Races (1905)

Chapter Ten: Carlos Octavio Bunge (1875-1918)
Travels Through My Lineage (1908)


All those interested in the global reception of Darwin and Darwinism, along with Latin Americanists.
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