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Darwin: ahead of his times in more ways than one

In a meticulously-researched essay for Prospect this month, based on his and James Moore’s groundbreaking book Darwin’s Sacred Cause, Adrian Desmond argues that Darwin’s development of his theory of evolution was crucially catalysed by his personal and family commitment to the abolitionist cause. Based on new analyses of his letters, papers and private notes, Desmond paints a picture of Darwin that is far more complex than the traditional vision…

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