Diacronia 9, May 7, 2019, art. A129 (p. 1–22)https://doi.org/10.17684/i9A129en

The Neo-Darwinian ideology

Francisc Gafton1,, Adina Chirilă2,


1Faculty of Letters, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University, Bd. Carol I 11, 700506 Iași, Romania
2Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, West University, Bd. Vasile Pârvan 4, 300223 Timișoara, Romania


Received April 9, 2019
Accepted April 15, 2019
Published June 2, 2019

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“The problem with intellectual revolutions is that they often harden into suffocating dogma—and at their apogee tend to be guarded by the holders almost as a sacred mantra. For a while the dogma is useful, but then an ‘establisment’ inevitably forms, the individuals of which find it almost impossible to break ranks, because if they do their careers and financial livelihood are put in great risks.”
(E.J. Steele, R.A. Lindley, R.V. Blanden)


When it comes to evolutionism, the common belief holds that Neo-Darwinism is still the best evolutionist explanation, because it contains the Darwinist explanation, improved through adjustments and additions provided by the current scientific research, which wouldn’t be but thorough, objective, and completely non-ideological. In fact, throughout its existence, Neo-Darwinism has failed in maintaining a clear line of thinking, oriented by pure facts. At some point, it became obvious that, by following its original paradigm, the problem of evolution could not be resolved; thus, during the second half of the 20th century, a few attempts were made in order to improve Neo-Darwinism, without the expected results. The failure can be explained through one of the current’s drawbacks: the inflexible and arrogant rejection of the Lamarckian position on the matter of evolution. Recent research, as well as logical deductions issued from the observation of what Nature produces urge the revision of paradigms and the repeal of any dogma. The gain would be that of the science and of the human knowledge.


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    Text:1, F. G. & 2, A. C. (2019). The Neo-Darwinian ideology, Diacronia 9 (May 7), A129 (1–22), https://doi.org/10.17684/i9A129en
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{gafton 12019,
     author = {Francisc Gafton 1, Adina Chirilă 2},
     title = {The Neo-Darwinian ideology},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2019},
     month = {May},
     number = {9},
     eid = {A129},
     doi = {https://doi.org/10.17684/i9A129en},
     pages = "(1–22)",
     url = {https://www.diacronia.ro/journal/issue/9/A129/en}


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