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.
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.