Lamarck, evolution, and the politics of science

  title={Lamarck, evolution, and the politics of science},
  author={Richard W Burkhardt},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
Lamarck's evolutionary theory, briefly mentioned in a lecture in 1800 and further developed in later writings, seems to have made little impression upon Lamarck's contemporaries. Several explanations for this lack of response, in addition to the usual unhelpful statements about the time not being "ripe," have been offered. Logically enough, these explanations for the most part have ascribed the poor reception of Lamarck's evolutionary theory to either the existence of hostile views dominating… 

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