Bouzat on Darwin's 'One Long Argument'
Students, faculty engage in interdisciplinary debate
Feb. 12 is the birthday of two figures of great historical importance: Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. While Lincoln's birthday is now observed with
that of George Washington on Presidents' Day, Darwin Day is celebrated by scientists and evolutionists around the world to honor the creator of a
biological theory of evolution and the contributions of science to our understanding of the natural world.
| Juan Bouzat (left) with (left to right) Blake Sweeney, a graduate student in biology; Hannah Scheppler, an undergraduate honors student; Michael Bradie,
professor emeritus of philosophy, and Dallas Amico, a graduate student in philosophy.
At BGSU, Darwin is of particular interest to Dr. Juan L. Bouzat, biological sciences, and students from two cross-disciplinary graduate seminars he
co-taught with Dr. Michael Bradie, a professor emeritus of philosophy known for his work in the philosophy of biology. From the classes' discussions of the
theories of Darwin and his contemporary Alfred Russel Wallace, Bouzat developed a paper in which he reviews Darwin's own perspective on what he described
as "one long argument" on the origin of species.
Bouzat's article, "Darwin's Diagram of Divergence of Taxa as a Causal Model for the Origin of Species," just published in the March edition of The Quarterly Review of Biology, posits a way of understanding Darwin's theory that differs from
the traditional view.