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Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825–95)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-Q047-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Huxley, an English zoologist with strong philosophical interests, originally influenced by K.E. von Baer’s embryological typology, became an authority first in invertebrate zoology and then in vertebrate palaeontology. After the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, he proclaimed his acceptance of the theory of evolution, but disagreed on important points and applied common descent – but not natural selection – in his scientific works only after reading Ernst Haeckel’s Generelle Morphologie (1866). He published extensively in anthropology, ethnology, philosophy, religion, politics and ethics, and was a great popularizer of science.

Citing this article:
Gregorio, Mario A. Di. Huxley, Thomas Henry (1825–95), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-Q047-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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