“A Great Complication of Circumstances” – Darwin and the Economy of Nature

@article{Pearce2010AGC,
  title={“A Great Complication of Circumstances” – Darwin and the Economy of Nature},
  author={Trevor Pearce},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={43},
  pages={493-528}
}
  • Trevor Pearce
  • Published 2010
  • Economics
  • Journal of the History of Biology
In 1749, Linnaeus presided over the dissertation “Oeconomia Naturae,” which argued that each creature plays an important and particular role in nature’s economy. This phrase should be familiar to readers of Darwin, for he claims in the Origin that “all organic beings are striving, it may be said, to seize on each place in the economy of nature.” Many scholars have discussed the influence of political economy on Darwin’s ideas. In this paper, I take a different tack, showing that Darwin’s idea… 
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