Charles Darwin- Shantell Hoskin, Philosophy of Science

  • Charles Darwin

    Born on February 12, 1809 in the English town of Shrewbury (Ruse, 2008). Charles Darwin was born into a family with multiple scientists. He was not an aristocrat, but he was a member of the rich, upper-middle classes, the people who had, and continued to do well coming out of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Beagle Voyage

    In 1831, Charles Darwin joined the Beagle Voyage as a Naturalist after leaving Cambridge. The voyage lasted until 1836 and was one of the biggest contributions to Darwin's career most important events to him personally.
  • The first note-book was opened

    Darwin began writing his accounts and unraveling Baconian principles as it pertained to his works and the works of other naturalists he surrounded himself with. He had begun his theory, but wanted to avoid criticism until it had been fine-tuned into the beginning works to support his theory of evolution that we have come to understand and use as a basis for scientific study today.
  • Geological Observations on South America

    Darwin published his studies and findings of some of the geological structures from South America during his voyage on the Beagle. There he found different species of barnacles or "Cirripedes" that he collected for study over the next 8 years. After returning, he started to question and gather all of his research for his next publication.
  • Publication of the Origin of Species

    Advised by Lyell, Darwin began to work on publishing the Origin of Species in 1856. After culminating all of his research, observations, and peer reviews from Alfred Wallace into this book, Darwin claims this publication to be the "chief work of his life" (Darwin, 2020). Sixteen thousand copies had been sold in England by 1876.
  • Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication

    Charles Darwin had been working on publications to a greater extent from 1860 to 1868 as a second edition to his Origin of Species. Following the publication Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, was the work Fertilisation of Orchids in 1862. These works were delayed publishings from all of the evidence and studies done in previous summers from around 1839.
  • Summary of Darwin's Studies

    For Darwinism to thrive, there was much research and cooperation with fellow naturalists involved. The following video explains the process of Darwins studies very well:
  • Descent of Man

    Following his previous studies and publications, Darwin came to the conclusion that if species had the ability to be altered, then man must come under the same law (Darwin, 2020). Darwinism had changed the view of organic life (Weinart, 2008). This began Darwin's contributions to the philosophy of science as it pertains to humans.
  • Descent of Man and its link to philosophy

    During the 18th century, following the publication of Descent of Man, it was difficult for people to come to terms with the understanding that humans had the ability to evolve from primate ancestors, or that divine creation was not the reason for all species. Darwin's theory of evolution had led to a revolution in scientific thinking, that went against what was previously understood in a biblical sense.
  • Works Cited

    Ruse, Michael, and Michael Ruse. Charles Darwin, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2008. ProQuest Ebook Central,
    Darwin, Charles. The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, Open Road Integrated Media, Inc., 2020. ProQuest Ebook Central,
  • Works Cited

    Weinert, Friedel. Copernicus, Darwin, and Freud : Revolutions in the History and Philosophy of Science, John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2008. ProQuest Ebook Central,
    "Charles Darwin's The Descent of Man Summary.", 4 December 2017,