By Martin Fichman
Fichman examines not just Wallace's clinical paintings as an evolutionary theorist and box naturalist but additionally his philosophical issues, his involvement with theism, and his dedication to land nationalization and different sociopolitical reforms equivalent to women's rights. As Fichman exhibits, Wallace labored all through his lifestyles to combine those humanistic and medical pursuits. His aim: the advance of an evolutionary cosmology, a unified imaginative and prescient of humanity's position in nature and society that he was hoping may make sure the dignity of all individuals.
To show the various points of this compelling determine, Fichman not just reexamines Wallace's released works, but in addition probes the contents of his lesser recognized writings, unpublished correspondence, and copious annotations in books from his own library. instead of reflect on Wallace's technology as specific from his sociopolitical commitments, An Elusive Victorian assumes a collectively necessary courting among the 2, one that formed Wallace into the most memorable characters of his time. totally situating Wallace's wide-ranging paintings in its old and cultural context, Fichman's leading edge and insightful account will curiosity historians of technological know-how, faith, and Victorian tradition in addition to biologists.
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