Although a detailed analysis of Darwin’s lexicon in On the Origin of Species has not been undertaken, critical literature claims that there are lexical signs of a teleological nature in the language used in this work. I intend to refute, through an analysis of the lexicon in Darwin’s work, the criticisms that claim a teleological subtext in Darwin’s language and that conceive said language to be a reflection of a teleological conception of nature. I will place special emphasis on the lexical material that Darwin uses in those paragraphs dedicated to the description of the function of Natural Selection.
Gould, S. J. 2002. The Structure of Evolutionary Theory. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Hidalgo-Downing, L. 2014. “The Role of Negative-Modal Synergies in Charles Darwin’s the Origin of Species.” In Evaluation in Context, Pragmatics & beyond New Series, edited by G. Thompson and L. Alba-Juez, Vol. 242. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Hyman, S. E. 1962. The Tangled Bank: Darwin, Marx, Frazer and Freud as Imaginative Writers. New York: Atheneum.
Lennox, J. G. 1993. “Darwin Was a Teleologist.” Biology and Philosophy 8:409–421.
Levine, G. 2011. Darwin the Writer. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mayr, E. 2003. What Evolution Is. London: Phoenix.
Paley, W. 1802. Natural Theology; Or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity. Philadelphia: John Morgan (printed by H. Maxwell).
Richards, R. J. 1992. The Meaning of Evolution: The Morphological Construction and Ideological Reconstruction of Darwin’s Theory. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Richards, R. J. 2011. “Darwinian Enchantment.” In The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now, edited by G. Levine. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Ruse, M. 1986. Taking Darwin Seriously: A Naturalistic Approach to Philosophy. New York: Blackwell.
Sloan, P. R. 2005. “It Might Be Called Reverence.” In Darwinism and Philosophy, edited by V. Hösle and C. Illies. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.
Sober, E. 1993. The Nature of Selection: Evolutionary Theory in Philosophical Focus. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
Sulloway, F. J. 1985. “Darwin’s Early Intellectual Development: An Overview of the Beagle Voyage (1831–1836).” In The Darwinian Heritage, edited by D. Kohn. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
von Sydow, M. 2005. “Charles Darwin: A Christian Undermining Christianity?” In Science and Beliefs: From Natural Philosophy to Natural Science, 1700–1900, edited by D. M. Knight and M. D. Eddy. Burlington: Ashgate.