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Haeckel, Ernest (1834-1919):

Short Biography – Haeckel, Ernest (1834-1919):

Haeckel is known as “Germany’s Darwin.” He studied medicine but ended up as a zoologist at the University of Jena, where he spent his life’s career. “Unlike the always cautious Darwin, who did not speculate on the origin of life or the nature of reality, Haeckel never hesitated boldly to consider the philosophical implications and theological consequences of taking the fact of organic evolution seriously.” Like Thomas Huxley “Haeckel saw only quantitative, not qualitative, differences between the living great apes and the rational human animal.” Haeckel made a major literary contribution, when, in 1899, he brought out his book, The Riddle of the Universe; “In a scathing attack on religious dogma, Haeckel examines, from a monistic standpoint, the place of mankind within the dynamic, eternal, and infinite universe.” My copy is a recent print which was translated by Joseph McCabe with intro by H. James Birx (Buffalo, N.Y.: Prometheus, 1992).

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