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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Adrwin Page. From Darwin to Hitler: From Darwin to Hitler elucidates the revolutionary impact Darwinism had on ethics and morality throughout history.
This book is a provocative yet balanced work that addresses a daewin range of topics, from the value of human life to weikaart mortality, to racial extermination. Paperbackpages. Published April 2nd by Palgrave Macmillan first published April 2nd Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about From Darwin to Hitlerplease sign up.
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Lists with This Book. What a superb work of scholarship. This book carefully traces, without much editorial commentary, the spectacular moral collapse across Western culture generated by Darwinism.
Of course, those collapsing did not see themselves that way, as collapsing. They were actually very pleased with themselves. Apr 11, Robert Pajer rated it really liked it. Weikart did extensive historical research demonstrating how Darwinism altered conceptions of human nature and the value of human life that ultimately contributed to a eugenics ideology and scientific racism that became prominent in Germany, the United States, and Europe during the late 19th Century and into the early 20th Century.
Darwinism—or at least some naturalistic interpretations of Darwinism—succeeded in turning morality on its head. I found the book insightful and sobering. Weikart acquainted me with how some in the richaed community of Germany came to devalue life based on their interpretation of Darwinism. Weikart hitlrr that Darwinism isn’t a sufficient but a necessary condition for the holocaust.
Genetic variation means some are biologically inferior to others and therefore the inferior must go.
Critics weikadt out that Hitler never quoted Darwin.
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. Even the respectable H. Wells said, “there is only one sane and logical thing to be done wit Weikart argues that Darwinism isn’t a sufficient but a necessary condition for the holocaust. Wells said, “there is only one sane and logical thing to be done with a really inferior race, and that is to exterminate it” Weikart points out that none of this would’ve been possible without Darwinism replacing the Christian view of man as made in the image of God with an immortal soul.
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” Dangerous ideas do have dangerous consequences. A book that talks about the influence of Darwin on Germany.
In Darwin wrote a fri “I do not believe that the atrocious war into which the Germans plunged Europe in August,and which has subsequently involved all lands and all peoples, would ever have been fought, or at least would have attained its actual gigantic proportions, had the Germans not been made mad by the theory of survival of the fittest.
In Darwin wrote a friend and told him that Germany was the most enthusiastic nation in embracing his theory.
In the years hiyler to WWI books on ethics and the changes in ethics with the view of Darwinism were non-fiction best sellers in Germany. 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. A fascinating book though if feels as if it is written by an academic for academics. Lots of footnotes so you can check the author’s info out.
Not a lot of editorial commenting from the author. Overall he does a good job of letting the people he introduces to the reader tell them what they think about society and how Darwinism changes things. Jun 11, G. Burrow rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Feb 18, Faith Neece rated it really liked it. This work excellently explains this process.
It had profound implications for us to consider even today. It has been very helpful for my preparation for my froj to Germany and Poland soon.
Nov 10, Erin marked it as to-read. Western Civ instructor mentioned this book in class. Sounds gruesome, so I must read it! Jan 25, Kyle C. Dunham rated it really liked it.
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 weikrat atrocities of Hitler and the Nazi regime. This is an important and insightful work that should be more widely read. Nov 15, Cheryl rated it liked it. Fascinating book, but it reads like a textbook.
From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany
I learned a lot from reading it study for a paper that I was writing on eugenicsbut it seemed a bit repetitive. The basic thesis is that Darwinism shaped the intellectual and scientific environment of the late 19th and early 20th centuries; while it did not directly cause the rise of Hitler, it definitely informed his understanding of race, biology and morality, and provided intellectual cover for his views.
Without Darwinsm, it is unlikely that the Nazis would have risen to power. Mar 25, Mark Kloha rated it really liked it. This is a very in depth philosophical book that covers Darwinism, the devaluing of human life, and how this influenced the German WWII regime. The author makes the argument that Darwin himself, Darwinism philosophies, along with those in power in Germany who subscribed to a Darwinism view of life, they are all responsible for the holocaust. Very in depth analysis. May 29, Steve rated it it was amazing Shelves: Andrew rated it liked it May 12, G0thamite rated it it was amazing Jan 30, John rated it really liked it Mar 20, Tom Gilson rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Shane Gollahon rated it really liked it Jun 22, Veronica rated it really liked it Oct 03, Nicole rated it really liked it Oct 06, Jtfreeman rated it it was amazing May 12, Alexandra Butterworth rated it really liked it Apr 02, Kristy rated it liked it Nov 15, Barbara rated it it was amazing Feb 01, Luke Walls rated it liked it Jun 01, Katie Chapman rated it it was amazing Sep 12, Heather rated it really liked it Aug 11, Brad Thompson rated it it was amazing Oct 06, David rated it really liked it May 17, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
He completed his Ph. His revised dissertation, Socialist Darwi Dr. His revised dissertation, Socialist Darwinism: His book, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germanydocuments the influence of naturalistic evolution on ethical thought, euthanasia, militarism, and racism—and ultimately Hitler’s ideology. One such article received the Selma V. Forkosch Prize for the best article in in the Journal of the History of Ideas.
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