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Haeckel, Ernst Heinrich Philipp August

(1834–1919). B. Potsdam, Ger.; zoologist; philos.; prof. Jena 1865. Popularized and expanded Darwinism (see Darwin, Charles Robert). Adopted view of “biogenetic law,” which antedated him, that development of an individual is a recapitulation* of the hist. of the race. Acc. to his carbon-theory, organic life evolved from albuminoid compounds of carbon. He regarded the seat of the soul as located in “phronetal cells” (“thought-cells”). Denied existence of personal God and immortality; exerted great influence, esp. on freethinkers; championed monism*; coined words “ecology,” “ontogeny,” “protozoa,” and “metazoa.” Works include Natürliche Schöpfungsgeschichte; Die Weltrütsel; Der Monismus als Band zwischen Religion und Wissenschaft; Die Lebenswunder. See also Loofs, Friedrich.


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