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Documenting Social Darwinism

February 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Comment on Weikart’s book.
The claimed connection between Darwin and the subsequent spread of Social Darwinism, thence all the way to Hitler is on one level obvious, on another a spurious assertion of causality. The case for the connection requires care, and Weikart tends to let his argument slip a little.
That said, we suffer from amnesia here, and any study of the late nineteenth century up to the First World War shows the way the strains of Social Darwinism in various guises produced a catastrophic effect on many thinkers, beginning with Nietzsche, who concealed the influence of Darwin.

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