Darwin's Ambiguity: The Secularization of Biological Meaning

@article{Kohn1989DarwinsAT,
  title={Darwin's Ambiguity: The Secularization of Biological Meaning},
  author={David S. Kohn},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  year={1989},
  volume={22},
  pages={215 - 239}
}
  • D. Kohn
  • Published 1 July 1989
  • Art
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Darwin is well known for his wondrously ambiguous rhetoric. The author who used an ‘entangled bank’ as his metaphor for Nature and its complex relationships built up the substance of his text from a corresponding entanglement of unresolved theoretical relations. Ambiguous positions, arguments that seem to fold in on themselves, vacillations, contradictions, and pluralities of explanation suffuse Darwin's science and its constituent metascience. The Origin abounds in ambiguities with regard to… 

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