Who Needs Darwin?
Anthony Giddens and W.G. Runciman


Introduction
In 1860 a famous debate about Darwinism took place in Oxford between Bishop Samuel Wilberforce and T. H. Huxley. Over a century later, two leading social theorists, Anthony Giddens, director of the London School of Economics, and W. G. Runciman, president of the British Academy, entered the same conceptual battleground and debated the relevance of Darwinism to the social sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Professor Runciman is on record as claiming that to try to do sociology without reference to the theory of evolution is like trying to do physics without the theory of gravity. In contrast, Professor Anthony Giddens believes that evolutionary theory can at best make modest contributions to the understanding of human society and at worst is likely to be dangerously misleading.





W. G. Runciman discusses the relevance of evolutionary theory to the social sciences.






Anthony Giddens presents his view of the relevance of evolutionary theory to the social sciences.




This feature is taken from a lecture delivered at the London School of Economics and Political Science on June 20, 2001. Copyright, The London School of Economics and Political Science.