gradualism


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Related to gradualism: Phyletic gradualism

gradualism

Geology the theory that explains major changes in rock strata, fossils, etc. in terms of gradual evolutionary processes rather than sudden violent catastrophes

gradualism

[′graj·ə·wə‚liz·əm]
(evolution)
A model of evolution in which change is slow, steady, and on the whole ameliorative, resulting in a gradual and continuous increase in biological diversity. Also known as phyletic gradualism.
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The tactical contrast highlights a tension that has been at the heart of Democratic politics for decades: the tension between what Martin Luther King called "the fierce urgency of now" and the gradualism and compromises of President Obama.
The ultimate reason for the acceptance of gradualism is the difference between the objective order and the subjective order.
Speaker Tom Army, professor of history at UMass - Amherst, "From Gradualism to Immediatism: The Black Abolitionist Movement in the Coming of the Civil War,'' 7 p.
Finally, Spahn qualifies Jefferson's rationalism by demonstrating that even he on occasion seemed to "enjoy the sentimental quality of time perception," an observation that contributes to the overall impression of balance, flexibility, and gradualism in Jefferson's life and thought (75).
Fleming's analysis of the events leading to the Civil War presents the argument that gradualism might have saved the United States from the horrendous death toll of the war and the agonies of the Reconstruction period that followed.
A new hope with promise was echoed and the moment to fight for individual rights was emphasized by deep, meaningful phrases such as "it is not time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism, to rise from the dark to the sunlight path of racial justice, from quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood, make real the promise of democracy.
Weiner's Madison appears to have taken "the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.
Nyerere and Sekou Toure had the most effective influence on the other delegations and were largely responsible for the final result, which was to reject the largely Nkruma-hist doctrine of an immediate overall political union and accept instead a process of gradualism.
The gradualism of the reforms and stagnation of democratization are not helpful.
There are many reasons why the Fed might want to temper its policy moves with a dose of gradualism.
Finally, those calling for gradualism do not believe that the international status quo would accept the declaration of an Islamic state or the enforcement of Islamic law.
Throughout the book, Shapiro challenges many key tenets of Darwinism, including gradualism and the primary role of natural selection.