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Was Hitler a Darwinian?: Disputed Questions in the History of Evolutionary Theory

Robert J. Richards


The history of Darwin’s accomplishment and the trajectory of evolutionary theory during the late 19th and early 20th century have become settled in the minds of scholars and the interested public. The orthodox view regards Darwin as having introduced blind mechanism into biology, thus banishing teleological considerations and moral values from the understanding of nature. According to the standard interpretation, the principle of survival of the fittest has rendered human behavior, including “moral” behavior, as ultimately selfish. Few doubt that Darwinian theory, especially as construed by th ... More

Keywords: Darwin, Hitler, Haeckel, August Schleicher, morality, teleology, evolutionary theory, linguistic evolution, science and art, evolutionary fraud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226058764
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226059099.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert J. Richards, author