The Scientific and Popular Receptions of Darwin, Freud, and Einstein

Toward An Analytical History of the Diffusion of Scientific Ideas
  • Thomas F. Glick
  • Mark G. Henderson
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 221)


The reception of scientific ideas, especially fundamental ones such as those proposed by Darwin, Freud, and Einstein—when analyzed via an affective and comparative taxonomy—can be seen to take place within a field of certain obvious variables. These variables can be categorized along the following demarcations (some will apply more to scientific than popular reception): professional-disciplinary cultures, generational factors, philosophies of science, trans-national diffusion, religion, level of education, political ideology, wealth of a nation, and the imagined personas of scientists.


Scientific Idea Darwinian Evolution Extensional Reception Metaphysical Explanation Scientific Reception 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas F. Glick
    • 1
  • Mark G. Henderson
    • 2
  1. 1.Boston UniversitySpain
  2. 2.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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