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From Darwin to Hitler : evolutionary ethics, eugenics, and racism in Germany, Richard Weikart

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From Darwin to Hitler : evolutionary ethics, eugenics, and racism in Germany
Title
From Darwin to Hitler
Title remainder
evolutionary ethics, eugenics, and racism in Germany
Statement of responsibility
Richard Weikart
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In this work of intellectual history, Richard Weikart explains the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality. He demonstrates that many leading Darwinian biologists and social thinkers in Germany believed that Darwinism had overturned traditional Judeo-Christian and Enlightenment ethics, especially those pertaining to the sacredness of human life. Many of these thinkers, like Ernst Haeckel and Ludwig Buchner, supported a moral relativism, yet simultaneously exalted evolutionary "fitness" (especially in terms of intelligence and health) as the highest arbiter of morality. Weikart concludes that Darwinism played a key role not only in the rise of eugenics, but also in euthanasia, infanticide, abortion, and racial extermination, all ultimately embraced by the Nazis. He convincingly makes the disturbing argument that Hitler built his view of ethics on Darwinian principles rather than nihilistic ones."
  • From Darwin to Hitler is a provocative yet balanced work that should encourage a rethinking of the historical impact that Darwinism had on the course of events in the twentieth century."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Weikart, Richard
Dewey number
305.8/00943
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ755.5.G3
LC item number
W435 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Darwin, Charles
  • Hitler, Adolf
  • Eugenics
  • Ethics, Evolutionary
  • Racism
  • Ethics, Evolutionary
  • Eugenics
  • Race relations
  • Racism
  • Darwinisme
  • Ethiek
  • Eugenetica
  • Rassendiscriminatie
  • Germany
  • Germany
  • Germany
Label
From Darwin to Hitler : evolutionary ethics, eugenics, and racism in Germany, Richard Weikart
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-303) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The origin of ethics and the rise of moral relativism -- Evolutionary progress as the highest good -- Organizing evolutionary ethics -- The value of life and the value of death -- The specter of inferiority : devaluing the disabled and "unproductive" -- The science of racial inequality -- Controlling reproduction : overturning traditional sexual morality -- Killing the "unfit" -- War and peace -- Racial struggle and extermination -- Hitler's ethic
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 312 pages
Isbn
9781403972019
Lccn
2003065613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781403965028
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm53485256
  • (OCoLC)53485256
Label
From Darwin to Hitler : evolutionary ethics, eugenics, and racism in Germany, Richard Weikart
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-303) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The origin of ethics and the rise of moral relativism -- Evolutionary progress as the highest good -- Organizing evolutionary ethics -- The value of life and the value of death -- The specter of inferiority : devaluing the disabled and "unproductive" -- The science of racial inequality -- Controlling reproduction : overturning traditional sexual morality -- Killing the "unfit" -- War and peace -- Racial struggle and extermination -- Hitler's ethic
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xi, 312 pages
Isbn
9781403972019
Lccn
2003065613
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
9781403965028
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • ocm53485256
  • (OCoLC)53485256

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