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Biology and ideology from Descartes to Dawkins

Author: Denis Alexander; Ronald L Numbers
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2010.
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Over the course of human history, the sciences, and biology in particular, have often been manipulated to cause immense human suffering. By investigating the past, this book features contributors who  Read more...

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Biology and ideology from Descartes to Dawkins.
Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2010
(OCoLC)763180400
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Denis Alexander; Ronald L Numbers
ISBN: 9780226608402 0226608409 9780226608419 0226608417
OCLC Number: 432595245
Description: 453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The cultural authority of natural history in early modern europe / Peter Harrison --
Biology, atheism, and politics in eighteenth-century France / Shirley A. Roe --
Eighteenth-century uses of vitalism in constructing the human sciences / Peter Hanns Reill --
Biology in the service of natural theology: Paley, Darwin, and the Bridgewater Treatises / Jonathan R. Topham --
Race, empire, and biology before Darwinism / Sujit Sivasundaram --
Darwin's choice / Nicolaas Rupke --
Biology and the emergence of the Anglo-American eugenics movement / Edward J. Larson --
Genetics, eugenics, and the holocaust / Paul Weindling --
Darwinism, Marxism, and genetics in the Soviet Union: the dialectics of co-evolution / Nikolai Krementsov --
Evolution and the idea of social progress / Michael Ruse --
Beauty and the beast? : conceptualizing sex in evolutionary narratives / Erika Lorraine Milam --
Creationism, intelligent design, and modern biology / Ronald L. Numbers --
The ideological uses of evolutionary biology in recent atheist apologetics / Alister E. Mcgrath.
Responsibility: edited by Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers.

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