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HPS Colloquium- Richard Bellon


Location: 105 Pasquerilla Center

HPS Colloquium Presented by: Richard Bellon, Assistant Professor of History, Michigan State University


A Hodge-Podge of Philosophers and the Oxford Malignants: Science and High-Church Theology in the Age of Darwin

In June of 1832 Charles Darwin was in Rio de Janeiro when the second meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science took place in Oxford. This meeting unleashed cultural and religious politics that influenced deeply the context in which Darwin would develop and communicate his theory of evolution by natural selection. The Oxford high churchmen John Keble and John Henry Newman watched aghast as men of science of all variety of religious affiliation congregated in their Anglican university. They were particularly disgusted that Oxford granted honorary degrees to what Keble dismissed as a “hodge-podge of philosophers” (Michael Faraday, David Brewster, Robert Brown and John Dalton), none

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