Throwback Thursday: Darwin in Tierra del Fuego

Deconstructing Darwin” was one of my first scholarly papers — it was published in Volume 14 of the Griffith Law Review, a law journal in Australia, way back in 2005! Below is the abstract:

“The paper considers Charles Darwin’s physical and intellectual journeys in Tierra del Fuego. In this account, there are really two Darwins. There is the young, brash, ambitious Darwin (D1) — an ugly cultural chauvinist who perceives the indigenous peoples of Tierra del Fuego as ‘savages of the lowest grade’. However, there is another side to Darwin — indeed, there is metaphorically another Darwin. This is the older, mature, wise Darwin (D2) — an enlightened scientist and cultural pluralist who concludes that all men and women are members of a single species and that all religious beliefs and cultural practices are entitled to respect. This Darwin is also a part of an encounter with South America.”

My old Darwin essay is available here, via SSRN.

Mapa antiguo de Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia (old map of Ti… | Flickr

About F. E. Guerra-Pujol

When I’m not blogging, I am a business law professor at the University of Central Florida.
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