@Melloncollie, I actually started to reply to your post a couple of times but I don't know how helpful it would have been. And every time I start composing a reply I get to talking and forget the question. So just a couple of thoughts:
The work of the 19C couldn't have happened without the preliminary ground work of the Enlightenment. The shift away from understanding the universe in terms of God and describing it instead scientifically was freaking huge. And it launched an ideological battle that still hasn't been successfully resolved. See creationism.
And I have already gotten sidetracked by the cultural implications of Havelock Ellis' work on human sexuality and George Bernard Shaw's discussion of Lamarck's theory of homeopathic evolution.
So this is why I'm stopping now.
Edit: expand sentence
edited 13th Nov '09 9:18:30 AM by blackcat