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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Western Civ instructor mentioned this book in class. Critics point richarrd that Hitler never quoted Darwin. If all these ideas were to fall into well-deserved obsolescence, this would in no way detract from the validity of Darwin’s contributions to modern biological science. Richard Weikart, From Darwin to Hitler”. Andrew Zimmerman; Richard Weikart. Archived from the original on Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.

What a superb work of scholarship. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and dafwin by publishing worldwide. Cambridge University Press, pp.

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

This is a wekkart in depth philosophical book that covers Darwinism, the devaluing of human life, and how this influenced the German WWII regime. G0thamite rated it it was amazing Jan 30, See 1 question about From Darwin to Hitler….


The neutrality of this article is disputed. Brad Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 06, That may be true but Weikart documents that Hitler was conversant with a stream of darwinists that were promoting eugenics based on the right of the stronger. Refresh and try again. Negative evaluations by academic reviewers are critical of the book citing Weikart’s selective use of primary sources and ignoring a range of developments that shaped Nazi ideology.

Apr 11, Robert Pajer rated it really liked it. It had profound implications for us to consider even today. Forkosch Prize for the best article in in the Journal of the History of Ideas.

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.

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.

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Jun 11, G. From Darwin richaed Hitler”. A chilling and sobering recounting of the influence Darwinism had on the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of the English- and German-speaking cultures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, culminating in the atrocities of Hitler and the Nazi regime.

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The Historical Connection from Darwin to Hitler

From Darwin to Hitler: He says, “It is striking that the vast majority of those who did press for abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were fervent proponents of a naturalistic Darwinian worldview” At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly vrom, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. The Wedge of Intelligent Design. Inhistorian Peter J.

Darwinism – or at least some naturalistic interpretation of Darwinism – succeeded in turning morality on its head.