Coogan Lecture - James Moore. "Darwin's Sacred Cause"


Location: 131 DeBartolo Hall

Why did Charles Darwin, a rich and impeccably upright gentleman, go out of his way to develop privately a subversive image of human evolution and then pursue the subject with tenacity for three decades? Underpinning his work on human origins was a belief in racial brotherhood rooted in the greatest moral movement of his age, for the abolition of slavery. Darwin extended the abolitionist belief in common ancestry to the rest of life, making not just the races, but all races kin.

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