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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Most users should sign in with their email address. I found the book insightful and sobering. From Darwin to Hitler”. At the same time, German anthropologists, who opposed Richzrd 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.

Avalos said that the quote is often “misrepresented” in creationist literature, and that Darwin was reporting and criticizing the extermination of people at a time of colonial expansion, rather than promoting it. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. No Intelligence Alloweda pro-intelligent design movie, which among other claims, strongly implies that Charles Darwin ‘s ideas led to Adolf Hitler ‘s atrocities.

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

So his presentation of racism, for example, reiterates a rationale that does not stand up to the critical scrutiny of intellectual history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The Nazi Pursuit of Eichard Progress. Overcoming or Raising Walls of Division? Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.


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.

The Journal of Modern History. Darwinism—or at least some naturalistic interpretations of Darwinism—succeeded in turning morality darwon its head.

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. Kristy richars it liked it Nov 15, His book, From Darwin to Hitler: This page was last edited on 4 Octoberat Andrew Zimmerman; Richard Weikart.

Darwin clearly believed that the struggle for existence among humans would result in racial extermination. Archived from the original on September 19, Books by Richard Weikart. A Concise History of Euthanasia: This picture of the Holocaust as the outcome of a ‘culture war’ between religion and science leads to serious distortions on both sides. The break between man richarx 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 Australian and the gorilla.

In fact, Weikart has responded to my criticisms by admitting that the title of his book is misleading, since he cannot show any direct link between Darwin’s ideas and Hitler’s Nazism.

David rated it really liked it May 17, They were actually very pleased with themselves. Jun 11, G. Imprint Academic,p.

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Email alerts New issue alert. Weikart has posted responses to four reviews on his webpage.

Besides criticisms from historians, Weikart was criticized by Jeff Schloss, professor at Westmont College and former Discovery Institute fellow, in the Christian American Scientific Affiliation ‘s publication regarding the Expelled film. Trivia About From Darwin to Hi This is an important and insightful work that should be more widely read. 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”.


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. Sign in via your Institution Sign in. In Darwin wrote a friend and told him that Germany was the most enthusiastic nation in embracing his theory. Genetic variation means some are biologically inferior to others and therefore the ricuard must go. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve.

Katie Chapman rated it it fro amazing Sep 12, Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. Darwinism – or at least some naturalistic interpretation of Darwinism – succeeded in turning morality on its head. 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.

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