Funny how so many people, whether they agreed with Darwin or not, got it so wrong all these years … How did it get to be called “social Darwinism” anyway, as opposed to, say, “social Florence Nightingale-ism”?
For a student of the eonic effect it is strangely ironic that just at the divide ca. 1800 the theory of evolution is born, and in the right key as the issue of teleology, banished at the dawn of modern physics in the revolt against Aristotle, resurfaces at the dawn of modern biology. The whole subject seems to falter as the era of reductionist scientism takes over in the tapering off of the transitional interval.
This is the trickier part of the eonic model: it requires careful study. In general the modern transition shows a stupendous set innovations during its concluding period up to 1800 or a little after…
Charles Darwin, it turns out, was not the first to suggest that evolution existed. The theory actually has a very long and fascinating history.
Source: Giving Up Darwin