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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His book, From Darwin to Hitler: Archived from the original on I found the book insightful and sobering. He completed his Ph.

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

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. Wells said, “there is only one sane and logical thing to be done with a really inferior race, and that is to exterminate it” Veronica rated it really liked it Oct 03, They were actually very pleased with themselves.


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His revised dissertation, Socialist Darwi Dr. The reception has not been universally negative.

In fact, Weikart has responded to my criticisms by admitting that the title of his book is misleading, since he cannot show any direct link between Darwin’s ideas and Hitler’s Nazism.

So his presentation of racism, for example, reiterates a rationale that does not stand up to the critical scrutiny of intellectual history. Andrew rated it liked it May 12, Nov 10, Erin marked it as to-read. Notes and Records of the Royal Society. Journal of the History of Biology. Darwinism—or at least some naturalistic interpretations of Darwinism—succeeded in turning morality on its head.

Related articles in Google Scholar. This picture of the Holocaust as the outcome of a ‘culture war’ between religion and science leads to serious distortions on both sides. Citing articles via Google Scholar. California State University, Stanislaus.

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Slavery after Rome, — Neither religion nor science is well served by this oversimplified view of their complex history. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Ian Dowbiggina Catholic opponent of euthanasia who teaches at the University of Prince Edward Islandfound some value in it ffrom has used this work as a source.


In Descent of Man he asserted, rarwin some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races. Forkosch Prize for the best article in in the Journal of the History of Ideas.

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Weikart has posted responses to four reviews on his webpage. InRobert J.

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