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The pure society : from Darwin to Hitler

Author: André Pichot
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Amid the eulogies and celebrations commemorating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin's birth, the darker side of evolutionary theory should not be forgotten. In The Pure Society, André Pichot, one of France's foremost specialists in the history of science, excavates the underside of the Darwinian legacy, where the notions of 'race' and heredity became powerful tools of malign political agendas and instruments of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: André Pichot
ISBN: 9781844672448 1844672441
OCLC Number: 271774135
Notes: Translated from the French.
"First published as La société pure de Darwin à Hitler"--Title page verso.
Description: xxiv, 360 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The naturalization of society --
The critique of social Darwinism --
Evolutionary altruism --
Sociobiology today --
Darwinism, society and morality --
Methodological issues --
The origins of eugenics --
The extension of heredity to disorderly behaviour --
Eugenics in the United States and Europe --
German eugenics before and under Nazism --
The extermination of the mentally ill --
The resurgence of eugenics --
The classification of races --
Gumplowicz and racial struggle --
Racism, anti-semitism and biology --
The present perspective.
Other Titles: Société pure.
Responsibility: André Pichot ; translated by David Fernbach.

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Retraces the history of biological conceptions of society and their racist and eugenicist applications from the end of the nineteenth century to the post-Second World War epoch. This book analyzes  Read more...

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"ANDRE PICHOT, researcher at the CNRS in Strasbourg, is one of France's leading historians of science and a frequent contributor to journals and national newspapers. He is the author of numerous Read more...

 
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