Levine argues that Darwin was a man and scientist driven mainly by a love of the natural world and man himself, and that he adopts this love as a model for enchanted secularism. Taking the perspective of a literary critic, he analyses different "uses" to which Darwin's ideas have been put, as well as his writings and aspects of his life, leading us to discover a form of alternative enchantment in Darwin's work and life to that of religion, in which the world does not appear as mechanistic and brutal but rich in meaning and value.
Based on this unusual interpretation, Darwin Loves You strongly asserts the idea of a naturalistic ethics that can provide the basis to a new vision of the relationship between man and Nature.
Darwin loves you is part of the collection International Lectures on Nature and Human Ecology. A series of editions that offer the possibility of focusing, with the help of scientists, naturalists and philosophers, on the system of relationships that links man and nature. It is, in fact, increasingly obvious that evolution is not possible without nature, and it is exactly in the context of the new science, qualitative and probabilistic, that the undeniable value of natural as opposed to synthetic production and genetic modification is strengthened. The purpose of this collection is to give voice to the avant-garde lines of thought that deal with these subjects in an international perspective. It intends to help us understand a little more of the relationship between our species and the environment in which we live and therefore to help blaze the trail towards a future different from what we now glimpse in the horizon.
George Levine is Professor Emeritus of English at Rutgers University. He has written many books on literature and culture in the Victorian age, and on the relationship between literature and science, including Darwin and the Novelists: Patterns of Science in Victorian Fiction. He has also edited a recent edition of Darwin's Origin of the Species for Barnes and Noble.