Darwinism and the Study of Society: A Centenary Symposium

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Editor's Preface

These essays are based upon papers read at a conference held at the University of Edinburgh, 8th-10th April, 1959. The holding of the conference was originally proposed by the Scottish Branch of the British Sociological Association; the arrangements committee consisted of Sir Hector Hetherington ( Chairman), James Drever ( Vice- Chairman), S. A. Barnett, Tom Burns, H. G. Callan, John Highet, A. L. Macfie, D. M. Mackinnon, A. D. Ritchie, S. A. Sklaroff, C. H. Waddington, W. P. D. Wightman and Michael Banton ( Secretary).

Thanks are due to Ernest Benn Limited for permission to reproduce an extract from The Place of Prejudice in Modern Civilisation, by Sir Arthur Keith; and to Oliver & Boyd Limited in respect of Scottish Democracy, 1815-1840, by L. J. Saunders.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Editor's Preface vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Darwin's Place in the History of Thought 1
  • References 16
  • The Intellectual Background of Charles Darwin's Student Years at Edinburgh 17
  • Darwinism and Human Society in Retrospect 37
  • Natural and Social Selection 49
  • The Human Evolutionary System 63
  • Evolution and History 83
  • Social Evolution 95
  • Conclusions 125
  • Social Mind and Animal Brain 129
  • Communication in Animal and Human Societies 139
  • Social Norms and Social Evolution the Analogy of Animal Behaviour 153
  • The Autonomy of Post-Darwinian Sociology 167
  • Notes on Contributors 181
  • Index 185
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