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Evolutionary Worlds without End$
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Henry Plotkin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544950.001.0001

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Evolutionary Worlds without End

Henry Plotkin

Oxford University Press

Whether everything changes or whether everything stays the same is one of the key issues in the history of philosophy The philosophy of change from Heraclitus to Kant is briefly described. The possibility that species are transformed in time is considered within the writings of those who came before Darwin, notably Buffon and Lamarck. Then Darwin's theory is considered as the first substantive theory of constant change, but also as an example of the first theory of biology that is itself unchanging in form. The beginnings of the application of Darwin's theory to other forms of change, such as human knowledge, is considered.

Keywords:   change and constancy in the world, evolution before Darwin, darwins theory, ther wider application of Darwin's theory

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