Dennert, E. – At the Deathbed of Darwinism

At the Deathbed of Darwinism
By Eberhard Dennert
1904

Dennert’s At the Deathbed of Darwinism examines the problems of Darwinism.

CONTENTS of At the Deathbed of Darwinism

Preface.

Introduction.
Chapter I.
Chapter II.
Chapter III.
Chapter IV.
Chapter V.
Chapter VI.
Chapter VII.
Chapter VIII.
Chapter IX.
Chapter X.
Conclusion.
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AT THE DEATHBED OF DARWINISM
A SERIES OF PAPERS
By
E. DENNERT, Ph.D.
Authorized Translation
By E. V. O’HARRA and JOHN H. PESCHGES
1904 GERMAN LITERARY BOARD Burlington, Iowa
Copyright 1904 By R. NEUMANN
CONTENTS
PREFACE 9
INTRODUCTION 27
CHAPTER I.—The Return to Wigand—The Botanist, Julius von Sachs—The Vienna Zoologist, Dr. Schneider 35
CHAPTER II.—Professor Goethe on “The Present Status of Darwinism”—Explains the Reluctance of certain men of Science to Discard Darwinism 41
CHAPTER III.—Professor Korchinsky Rejects Darwinism—His Theory of Heterogenesis—Professor Haberlandt of Graz—Demonstration of a “Vital Force”—Its Nature—The Sudden Origination of a New Organ—Importance of the Experiment. 49
CHAPTER IV.—Testimony of a Palaeontologist, Professor Steinmann—On Haeckel’s Family Trees—The Principle of Multiple Origin—Extinction of the Saurians—“Darwinism Not the Alpha and Omega of the Doctrine of Descent”—Steinmann’s Conclusions 60
CHAPTER V.—Eimer’s Theory of Organic Growth—Definite Lines of Development—Rejects Darwin’s Theory of Fluctuating Variations—Opposes Weismann—Repudiates Darwinian “Mimicry”—Discards the “Romantic” Hypothesis of Sexual Selection—“Transmutation is a Physiological Process, a Phyletic Growth” 69
CHAPTER VI.—Admissions of a Darwinian—Professor von Wagner’s Explanation of the Decay of Darwinism—Darwinism Rejects the Inductive Method, Hence Unscientific—Wagner’s Contradictory Assertions 90
CHAPTER VII.—Haeckel’s Latest Production—His Extreme Modesty—Reception of the Weltraetsel—Schmidt’s
Apologia—The Romanes Incident—Men of Science Who Convicted Haeckel of Deliberate Fraud 104
CHAPTER VIII.—Grottewitz Writes on “Darwinian Myths”—Darwinism Incapable of Scientific Proof—“The Principle of Gradual Development Certainly Untenable”—“Darwin’s Theory of “Chance” a Myth” 118
CHAPTER IX.—Professor Fleischmann of Erlangen—Doctrine of Descent Not Substantiated—Missing Links—“Collapse of Haeckel’s Theory”—Descent Hypothesis “Antiquated”—Fleischmann Formerly a Darwinian—Haeckel’s Disreputable Methods of Defense 124
CHAPTER X.—Hertwig, the Berlin Anatomist, Protests Against the Materialistic View of Life”—No Empiric Proof of Darwinism—“The Impotence of Natural Selection”—Rejects Haeckel’s “Biogenetic Law” 137
CONCLUSION.—Darwinism Abandoned by Men of Science—Supplanted by a Theory in Harmony With Theistic Principles 146

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