Kevin Baldwin, associate professor of biology at Monmouth College, was recently published in the first volume of The Evolutionary Review.
Titled “1859: Darwin, Mill, and Drake,” Baldwin’s article examines the interaction among three landmark events that all occurred in 1859 – the discovery of oil by Edwin Drake, the publication of “On the Origin of Species” by Charles Darwin, and the publication of “On Liberty” by John Stuart Mill.
His article is closely connected to a lecture he presented last year as part of Monmouth’s observance of the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth. At another “Darwinpalooza” event, Baldwin met featured speaker Joseph Carroll, a professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis who is the editor of The Evolutionary Review.
“At first glance, these events don’t have anything to do with each other,” Baldwin explained. “I tried to tie them all together. Mill was an advocate of personal responsibility, and I interpreted that to include not only other people, but also other species and ecosystem processes.” He cited as an example how the burning of oil burned is changing the climate and harming ecosystems, which violates Mill’s “no harm” principle, stated in “On Liberty.”
“One of the nice things about being at a place like Monmouth College is having the freedom to work across many disciplines,” said Baldwin, who received undergraduate degrees in biology and history at the University of California-Berkeley. He earned a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Florida.
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