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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Sounds gruesome, so I must read it! Kristy rated it liked it Nov 15, Darwin and the Nazis – Richard Weikart”.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions. I found the book insightful and sobering. 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.

The Journal of Modern History. Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Related articles in Google Scholar. Jan 25, Kyle C. A Disputed Question Charlottesville: Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Breaks often occur in all parts of the series, some being wide, sharp and defined, others less so in various degrees; as between the orang and its nearest allies—between the Tarsius and the other Lemuridae between the elephant, and in a more striking manner between the Ornithorhynchus or Echidnaand all other mammals.

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Schloss wrote that the “ideas that are attributed to Darwin such as natural selection makes might right in social policy were actually not advocated but repudiated by Darwin and his immediate colleagues. I can’t find this book as a PDF richarrd on the internet. Darwinism – or at least some naturalistic interpretation of Darwinism – succeeded in turning morality on its head.


From Aeikart to Hitler: 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. 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. Critics point out that Hitler never quoted Darwin. A fascinating book though if feels as if it is written by an academic for academics.

David rated it really liked it May 17, Nils Roll-Hansenhistorian and philosopher of 19th and 20th century biology at University of Osloalso reviewed the work in and was critical of it in a review published by Isis calling it “selective” and containing “insufficient attention to historical change—leaving out political, social, and economic weukart as well as the role of new knowledge in genetics-make his overall argument unconvincing.

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.

Dunham rated it really liked it. This is richadr very in depth philosophical book that covers Darwinism, the devaluing of human life, and how this influenced the German WWII regime. Nov 15, Cheryl rated it liked it.

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Heather rated it really liked it Aug 11, Katie Chapman rated it it was amazing Sep 12, 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. No Intelligence Alloweda pro-intelligent design movie, which among other claims, strongly implies that Charles Darwin ‘s ideas led to Adolf Hitler ‘s atrocities.

See 1 question about From Darwin to Hitler…. Want to Read saving…. Lists with This Book. Barsky wrote that “numerous reviews have accused Weikart of selectively viewing his rich primary material, ignoring political, social, psychological, and economic factors” that helped shape Nazi eugenics and racism.


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.

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

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.

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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. From Darwin to Hitler”. Andrew Zimmerman; Richard Weikart. Center for Science and Culture. Most users should sign in with their email address. 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.

So his presentation of racism, for example, reiterates a rationale that does not stand up to the critical scrutiny of intellectual history. From Darwin to Hitler: 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 hit,er the rise of Hitler, it definitely informed his understanding of race, biology and morality, and provided intellectual cover for his views.