Between Social and Biological Heredity: Cope and Baldwin on Evolution, Inheritance, and Mind

Between Social and Biological Heredity: Cope and Baldwin on Evolution, Inheritance, and Mind Journal of the History of Biology  Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10739-018-9522-2 Between Social and Biological Heredity: Cope and Baldwin on Evolution, Inheritance, and Mind DAVID CECCARELLI Department of History, Humanities and Society University of Rome Tor Vergata Via Columbia 1 00133 Rome Italy Present Address: Rome Italy E-mail: dave.ceccarelli@gmail.com Abstract. In the years of the post-Darwinian debate, many American naturalists invoked the name of Lamarck to signal their belief in a purposive and anti-Darwinian view of evolution. Yet Weismann’s theory of germ-plasm continuity undermined the shared tenet of the neo-Lamarckian theories as well as the idea of the interchangeability between biological and social heredity. Edward Drinker Cope, the leader of the so- called ‘‘American School,’’ defended his neo-Lamarckian philosophy against every attempt to redefine the relationship between behavior, development, and heredity beyond the epigenetic model of inheritance. This paper explores Cope’s late-career defense of neo-Lamarckism. Particular attention is dedicated to the debate he had with James Mark Baldwin before the publication of Baldwin’s own ‘‘A New Factor in Evolution’’ (1896d). I argue that Cope’s criticism was partly due to the fact that Baldwin’s theory of social heredity threatened Cope’s biologistic stance, as well http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the History of Biology Springer Journals

Between Social and Biological Heredity: Cope and Baldwin on Evolution, Inheritance, and Mind

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2018 by Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature
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History; History of Science; Philosophy of Biology
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0022-5010
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1573-0387
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10.1007/s10739-018-9522-2
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Journal of the History of Biology  Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10739-018-9522-2 Between Social and Biological Heredity: Cope and Baldwin on Evolution, Inheritance, and Mind DAVID CECCARELLI Department of History, Humanities and Society University of Rome Tor Vergata Via Columbia 1 00133 Rome Italy Present Address: Rome Italy E-mail: dave.ceccarelli@gmail.com Abstract. In the years of the post-Darwinian debate, many American naturalists invoked the name of Lamarck to signal their belief in a purposive and anti-Darwinian view of evolution. Yet Weismann’s theory of germ-plasm continuity undermined the shared tenet of the neo-Lamarckian theories as well as the idea of the interchangeability between biological and social heredity. Edward Drinker Cope, the leader of the so- called ‘‘American School,’’ defended his neo-Lamarckian philosophy against every attempt to redefine the relationship between behavior, development, and heredity beyond the epigenetic model of inheritance. This paper explores Cope’s late-career defense of neo-Lamarckism. Particular attention is dedicated to the debate he had with James Mark Baldwin before the publication of Baldwin’s own ‘‘A New Factor in Evolution’’ (1896d). I argue that Cope’s criticism was partly due to the fact that Baldwin’s theory of social heredity threatened Cope’s biologistic stance, as well

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