Darwin Day: What to Read on February 12 (and after)
"It is not too great an exaggeration to claim that On the Origin of Species was, along with Das Kapital, one of the two most significant works in the intellectual history of the nineteenth century." – Robert M. Young Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809, so this year marks the 200th anniversary of his birth — and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his masterwork, On the Origin of Species. Karl Marx called Origin "epoch-making," and described Darwin's ideas as "the basis in natural history for our own view." Historian Paul Heyer has written (correctly, in my opinion) that "while one can be a Darwinian in biology and reject Marx on the grounds that history is not subject to scientific understanding, a respectable if somewhat limited intellectual position, one cannot proclaim fidelity to the Marxian world view and reject Darwin." (Nature, Human Nature and Society, p. 27) And yet, in my experience, socialists who have actually read Darwin — or even read much about him —