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James Moore

Research interests:

Social history of natural theology, and scientific naturalism since 1800. His research concentrates on the life and legacies of Charles Darwin, but he is also interested in "science and religion" issues, evolutionary concepts of nature and society, the popularization of science, and twentieth-century fundamentalisms.

Selected Publications:

In press

‘Getting the Kids Involved – Darwin’s Paternal Example’, in Carol Boulter, Michael J. Reiss, and Dawn Sanders, eds, Darwin-Inspired Learning. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

'Foreword', in Simon Keynes, Charles Darwin, Robert FitzRoy and the Voyage of HMS Beagle. London: Henry Sotheran.

‘O Problema de Darwin com a Escravidão’ [‘Darwin and the Problem of Slavery’ (Portuguese by Thiago de Sá)], in Charbel Niño El-Hani, Jerzy Brzozowski and Nei Freitas Nunes-Neto (eds) Darwin na Bahia: Biologia Evolutiva de Múltiplas Perspectivas (Salvador, Bahia: Editora da Universidade Federal da Bahia (EDUFBA).


‘Darwin, Charles Robert 1. Darwin and the Bible’, in Dale C. Allison, Jr; Christine Helmer; Choon-Leong Seow; Hermann Spieckermann; Barry Dov Walfish; Eric Ziolkowski (eds), Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, vol. 6, cols 162-65.

‘Eloge: John Colton Greene, 1917-2008’, Isis, 103 (2012), 144-48.

‘Darwin, Charles Robert (1809-1882)’ and ‘From Biblical Ethnology to Scientific Anthropology’, in Patrick Mason (ed.) Encyclopedia of Race and Racism, 2d edn., 4 vols, Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA / Cengage Learning, vol. 2, pp. 10-12.

‘达尔文与基督教世界的沟通:他的跨洋策略’  [‘Darwin Communicates with the Christian World: His Transatlantic Strategy’, (Mandarin translation by Jin Xiaoxing (金晓星)], 《科学文化评论》 [Science and Culture Review (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing)], vol. 8, pp. 54-68.

‘Darwin and the “Sin” of Slavery’, Ethical Record (London), April 2011, pp. 3-15.

‘Darwin Communicates with the Christian World: His Transatlantic Strategy’, Filosofia e História da Biologia (São Paulo), 5 (2010), 309-26.

‘Darwin’s Progress and the Problem of Slavery’, Progress in Human Geography, 34 (2010), 555-82.

‘Eloge: Dr. Ralph Colp, 1924-2008’, Isis, 101 (2010), 599-602.

(with Diane B. Paul) ‘The Darwinian Context: Evolution and Inheritance’, in Alison Bashford and Phillipa Levine (eds) The Handbook of the History of Eugenics, Oxford History Handbooks (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), pp. 27-42.

‘Creationism’; ‘Darwin, Charles Robert’; and ‘Evolution and Christianity’, in Daniel Patte (ed.) The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. 284-85, 305, 401.

(with Adrian Desmond) Darwin 's Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins (London: Allen Lane, and Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009); Dutch, Amsterdam, Nieuw Amsterdam, 2009; Japanese, Tokyo, NHK Shuppan, 2009; Portuguese, Rio de Janeiro, Distribuidora Record, 2009; Italian, Milan, Raffaello Cortina, 2013; U.K. pbk, London, Penguin, 2010; U.S. pbk, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2010.

‘Myth 16, That Evolution Destroyed Charles Darwin’s Faith in Christianity—Until He Reconverted on His Deathbed’, in Ronald L. Numbers (ed.), Galileo Goes to Jail, and Other Myths about Science and Religion (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2009), pp. 142-51.

‘Religion and Science’, in David C. Lindberg and Ronald L. Numbers (eds) The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 6, Modern Biological and Earth Sciences, ed. Peter J. Bowler and John V. Pickstone (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. 541-62.

(among 12 contributors) Darwin: programmes 1-4, in Melvyn Bragg (ed.) In Our Time: A Companion to the Radio 4 Series (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2009), pp. 159-252.

‘Wallace in Wonderland’, in Charles Smith and George Beccaloni (eds) Natural Selection and Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp 353-67; and in Annals of the History and Philosophy of Biology, 11 (2006), 139-54.

‘My Friendship with Ralph Colp’, Clio’s Psyche, 15 (2008), 162-63.

(with Adrian Desmond and Janet Browne) Charles Darwin, Very Interesting People, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007); from H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison (eds) The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004), vol.15, pp. 177-202. German pbk, Heidelberg, Spektrum, 2008.

‘R. A. Fisher: A Faith Fit for Eugenics’, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 38 (2007):110-35; and in Nicolaas A. Rupke (ed.) Eminent Lives in Twentieth-Century Biology and Religion (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2007), pp. 103-38.

‘Darwin, Charles Robert’, in Tom Flynn (ed.) The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (Amherst, NY: Prometheus, 2007), pp. 226-30.

‘Revolution of the Space-Invaders: Darwin and Wallace on the Geography of Life’, in David N. Livingstone and Charles W. J. Withers (eds) Geography and Revolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005), pp. 106-32.

‘Good Breeding: Darwin Doubted His Own Family’s “Fitness”’, Natural History (New York), November 2005, pp. 45-46.

(with Adrian Desmond) ‘Introduction’, in Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, Penguin Classics (London: Penguin Books, 2004), pp. xi-lxvi.

‘The Fortunes of Eugenics’, in Deborah Brunton (ed.) Medicine Transformed: Health, Disease and Society in Europe, 1800-1939 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2004), pp. 266-97.

‘Charles Darwin’, in Gary B. Ferngren (ed.) Science and Religion. A Historical Introduction (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002), pp. 208-18; from Gary B. Ferngren, Edward J. Larson, Darryl W. Amundsen, and Anne-Marie E. Nakhla (eds) The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia (New York: Garland, 2000), pp. 100-105.

‘Darwinism Gone to Seed’ [review of Ronald L. Numbers and John Stenhouse (eds) Disseminating Darwinism: The Role of Place, Race, Religion, and Gender], Books and Culture, March-April 2001, pp. 36-38.

‘Telling Tales: Evangelicals and the Darwin Legend’, in David N. Livingstone, Darryl G. Hart, and Mark A. Noll (eds) Evangelicals and Science in Historical Perspective (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 220-33. 

(with Adrian Desmond) ‘Transgressing Boundaries’, Journal of Victorian Culture, 3 (1998), 147-68. 

‘Wallace's Malthusian Moment: The Common Context Revisited’, in Bernard Lightman (ed.) Victorian Science in Context (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997), pp. 290-331; and in ‘A World Away: Wallace's Malthusian Moment’, in Brian P. Dolan (ed.), Science Unbound: Geography, Space and Discipline, Idéhistoriska skrifter 24 (Umeå: Umeå Universitets tryckeri, 1998), pp. 127-51. 

‘Green Gold: The Riches of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller’, in Rod W. Home (ed.) The Scientific Savant in Nineteenth Century Australia, special issue of Historical Records of Australian Science, 11 (1997), 371-88. 

‘Darwin's Traducer’ [review of ’Almost a Man of Genius': Clémence Royer, Feminism, and Nineteenth-Century Science by Joy Harvey], Times Literary Supplement, 24 October 1997, p. 40; also in ‘Biological Politics and the Fight for Female Genius’, Australian Financial Review, 30 January 1998. 

‘All Drama but No Crisis’ [review of Life's Splendid Drama: Evolutionary Biology and the Reconstruction of Life's Ancestry, 1860-1940 by Peter J. Bowler], Times Higher Education Supplement, 23 May 1997, p. 21.

See also Open Research Online for further details of James Moore’s research publications.

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The Descent of Man -  cover

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The Post-Darwinian Controversies - cover