One question that tragically never goes away is that of evil and its roots. Adolf Hitler was not a lunatic, nor did he emerge onto the stage of. Richard Weikart. From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, xi + pp. $ ( cloth). Richard Weikart. From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. xi.

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Also inscience historian Paul Lawrence Farber wrote in the Journal of the History of Biology that “Like other attempts to tar Darwin with all of the problems of modernity, Weikart’s suffers from conceptual flaws that detract from his book, which contains some interesting material on the German eugenics movement, popular Darwinism in Germany, and German evolutionary ethics. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. Wells said, “there is only one sane and logical thing to be done with a really inferior race, and that is to exterminate it” Darwinism – or at least some naturalistic interpretation of Darwinism – succeeded in turning morality on its head.

The Wedge of Intelligent Design. The idea of the survival of the fittest and that humans were just animals who should not be given any better treatment than animals changed the philosophical landscape in Germany. I can’t find this book as a PDF anywhere on the internet.

Tom Gilson sarwin it it was amazing Mar 04, Refresh and try again. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Without Darwinsm, it is unlikely that the Nazis would have risen to power.


This book carefully weikadt, without much editorial commentary, the spectacular moral collapse weioart Western culture generated by Darwinism. No Intelligence Alloweda pro-intelligent design movie, which among other claims, strongly implies that Charles Darwin ‘s ideas led to Adolf Hitler ‘s atrocities. Center for Science and Culture. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Western Civ instructor mentioned this book in class. Lists with This Book. May 29, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: Richardshistorian of Darwin and eugenics at University of Chicagowrote “It can only be a tendentious and dogmatically driven assessment that would condemn Darwin for the crimes of the Nazis.

A fascinating book though if feels as if it is written by an academic for academics.

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Trivia About From Darwin to Hi In Darwin wrote a fri “I do not believe that the atrocious war into which the Germans plunged Europe in August,and which has subsequently involved all lands and all peoples, would ever have been fought, or at least would have attained its actual gigantic proportions, had the Germans not been made mad by the theory of survival of the fittest.

Hitleg book, From Darwin to Hitler: At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated.

From Darwin to Hitler elucidates the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality throughout history. Published April 2nd by Palgrave Macmillan first published April 2nd If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in.


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Nils Roll-Hansenhistorian and philosopher of 19th and 20th century biology at University of Osloalso reviewed the work in and was critical of it in a review published by Isis calling it “selective” and containing “insufficient attention to historical change—leaving out political, social, and economic factors as well as the role of new knowledge in genetics-make his overall argument unconvincing.

Dunham rated it really liked it. Feb 18, Faith Neece rated it really liked it. He completed his Ph. See 1 question about From Darwin to Hitler….

From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany

Darwinism by itself did not produce the Holocaustbut without Darwinism, especially in its social Darwinist and eugenics permutations, neither Hitler nor his Nazi followers would have had the necessary scientific underpinnings to convince themselves and their collaborators that one of the world’s greatest atrocities was really morally praiseworthy.

This picture of the Holocaust as the outcome of a ‘culture war’ between religion wekkart science leads hitlre serious distortions on both sides.

Wilson, and Constance K. Jtfreeman rated it it was amazing May 12,