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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The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a babooninstead of as now between the negro or Hiyler and the gorilla.

Of course, those collapsing did not see themselves that way, as collapsing. Slavery after Rome, — Cambridge University Press, pp. Ian Dowbiggina Catholic opponent of euthanasia who teaches at the University of Prince Edward Islandfound some value in it and has used this work as a source.

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

From Darwin to Hitler”. InRobert J. In fact, scientific theories, even those like Darwin’s that address organic life, are morally neutral. Andrew Zimmerman; Richard Weikart.

From Darwin to Hitler: This weiiart an important and insightful work that should be more widely read. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Breaks often occur in all parts of the series, some being wide, sharp and hilter, others less so in various degrees; as between the orang and its nearest allies—between the Tarsius and the other Lemuridae between the elephant, and in a more striking manner between the Ornithorhynchus or Echidnaand all other mammals.


Overcoming or Raising Walls of Division?

Besides criticisms from historians, Weikart was ffom by Jeff Schloss, professor at Westmont College and former Discovery Institute fellow, in the Christian American Scientific Affiliation ‘s publication regarding the Expelled film. Even the respectable H. Brad Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 06, Without Darwinsm, it is unlikely that the Nazis would have risen to power.

You do not currently have access to hitlrr article. Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. From Darwin to Hitler: Weikart argues that Darwinism isn’t a sufficient but a necessary condition for the holocaust.

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

Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germanydocuments the influence of naturalistic evolution on ethical thought, euthanasia, militarism, and racism—and ultimately Hitler’s ideology. Neither religion nor science is well served by this oversimplified view of their complex history. A chilling and sobering recounting of the influence Darwinism had on the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of the English- and Weikqrt cultures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, culminating in the atrocities of Hitler and the Nazi regime.

To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Veronica rated it really liked it Oct 03, The great break in the organic chain between man and riichard nearest allies, which cannot be bridged over by any extinct or living species, has often been advanced as a grave objection hitker the belief that man is descended from some lower form; but this objection will not appear of much weight to those who, from general reasons, believe in the general principle of evolution.


John rated it really liked it Mar 20, Books by Richard Weikart. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Published April 2nd by Palgrave Macmillan first published April 2nd Refresh and try again. At the same time, German anthropologists, who opposed Darwinism before the turn of the century as a doctrine possessing no more empirical foundation than revealed religion doesare lumped with Darwinists, since these anthropologists also supported imperialism and racist hierarchies.

In Descent of Man he asserted, “At 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.

The Historical Connection from Darwin to Hitler

From Darwin to Hitler elucidates the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality throughout history. He completed his Ph. The German Darwinians who are the focus of the book appear only as advocates of eugenics, racism, and imperialism, although presumably these policies were informed by a broader intellectual project.