Huxley and Carlyle

After reading about Darwin, Chambers, Gosse, and Huxley, I couldn’t help but compare the philosophies of Huxley to those of Thomas Carlyle, specifically his theory of natural supernaturalism. Huxley greatly supports Darwinism and Thomas Malthus’s theory of natural selection, and those coincide with Carlyle’s theory. Both of these theories support the idea of letting nature take its course, and letting all things happen for a reason. If one is supposed to raise their class rank, they will, but those who don’t will not because they do not have the means. A main theme that radiates throughout these theorists is of the resentment of religion and the focus on meaning through science. I find this interesting since they were primarily the first theorists to publish their radical ideas against religion and for science.

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