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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Rihcard says, “It is striking that the vast majority of those who feom press for abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were fervent proponents of a naturalistic Darwinian worldview” Published April 2nd by Palgrave Macmillan first published April 2nd 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.

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This work excellently explains this process. But Weikart irchard mentions Luther because this would weaken his argument that Hitle promoted the rihard dignity of all human beings against the degrading materialism of Darwinism.

Please do not remove this message until conditions to do so are met. A book that talks about the influence of Darwin on Germany. Lots of footnotes so you can check the author’s info out. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world.

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

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To ask other readers questions about From Darwin to Hitlerplease sign up. Heather rated it really liked it Aug 11, Paperbackpages. Want to Read saving…. Most users should sign in with their email address. It had profound implications for us to consider even today. That may be true but Weikart documents that Hitler was darwkn with a stream of darwinists that were promoting eugenics based on the right of the stronger. It has been very helpful for my preparation for my trip to Germany and Poland soon.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Weikart flies in the face of “see no evil” and gives us page after page of research proving how Darwinism led to the atrocities of Nazi Germany.

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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.

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Wells said, “there is only one sane and logical thing to be done with a really inferior race, and that is to exterminate it” Negative evaluations by academic reviewers are critical of the book citing Weikart’s selective use of darwjn sources and ignoring a range of developments that shaped Nazi ideology. Very in depth analysis.

The Historical Connection from Darwin to Hitler

Without Darwinsm, it is unlikely that the Nazis would have risen to power. Trivia About From Darwin to Hi Bowler of Queen’s University wrote in Notes and Records of the Royal Society that Weikart’s book reflects a “simple blame game in which for example Darwin and Haeckel are accused of paving the way for Nazism,” and criticized him and others for associating Darwin “with distasteful social policies” using a “remarkably simple-minded approach”.


Return to Book Page. Also in a review that same year Helmut Walser Smith of Vanderbilt University writes that the book’s “larger argument remains too narrowly conceived,” as elements of Nazism, including “nationalism and anti-Sermitism make cameo appearances, for example, but their power is hardly gauged. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

Email alerts New issue alert. Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. His book, From Darwin to Hitler: If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. Brad Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 06, Forkosch Prize for the best article in in the Journal of the History of Ideas. Weikart acquainted me with how some in the intellectual community of Germany came to devalue life based on their interpretation of Darwinism.

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At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. From Darwin to Hitler: Sign In Forgot password? The great break in the organic chain between man and his nearest allies, which cannot be bridged over by any extinct or living species, has often been advanced as a grave objection to 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.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. This picture of the Holocaust as the outcome of a ‘culture war’ between religion and science leads to serious distortions on both sides.