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Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins [Paperback]

Item : Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins [Paperback]
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ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0226608417
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780226608419
Publisher Publisher : University Of Chicago Press
Pages Pages : 448
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100022276

Over the course of human history, the sciences, and biology in particular, have often been manipulated to cause immense human suffering. For example, biology has been used to justify eugenic programs, forced sterilization, human experimentation, and death camps—all in an attempt to support notions of racial superiority. By investigating the past, the contributors toBiology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkinshope to better prepare us to discern ideological abuse of science when it occurs in the future.  

Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers bring together fourteen experts to examine the varied ways science has been used and abused for nonscientific purposes from the fifteenth century to the present day. Featuring an essay on eugenics from Edward J. Larson and an examination of the progress of evolution by Michael J. Ruse,Biology and Ideologyexamines uses both benign and sinister, ultimately reminding us that ideological extrapolation continues today. An accessible survey, this collection will enlighten historians of science, their students, practicing scientists, and anyone interested in the relationship between science and culture.

Denis R. Alexanderis director of The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and has worked in the biological research community for the past forty years. Ronald R. Numbersis Hilldale Professor of History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the coeditor of , also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Introduction

Denis R. Alexander and Ronald L. Numbers


Chapter 1.The cultural authority of natural history in early modern Europe

Peter Harrison

Chapter 2.Biology, atheism, and politics in eighteenth-century France

Shirley A. Roe

Chapter 3.Eighteenth-century uses of vitalism in constructing the human sciences

Peter Halór

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