Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

El 'Origen' del Origen del Origin

Carlos Castrodeza


The ultimate basis of the conception of the Origin of Species
Taking into account well known facts about Darwins history, the origin of his
ideas on the origin of species is discussed not in a customary manner, but rather from
the double perspective of the sociology of knowledge and the psychology of epistemic creation, which does not take into consideration the concept of genius. The aim is to
clarify how historical evidence should never articulate quasi-magical properties in the
process of discovery and its further justification (ideas like considering the character
under scrutiny to be either in advance of his time, or that he saw what nobody did, or
that he had a privileged mind for understanding the world, etc.). In brief, Darwins case
should be taken as paradigmatic in the sense alluded to.

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