Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins

Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins

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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. 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 to "Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins" hope 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 Ruse, "Biology and Ideology" examines 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.


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Author(s)
Denis R. Alexander, Peter Harrison, Nikolai Krementsov, Edward J. Larson, Alister E. McGrath, Erika Lorraine Milam, Ronald L. Numbers, Peter Hanns Reill
Format
Paperback | 448 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
Publication date
25 May 2010
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
30 halftones, 1 line drawing
ISBN10
0226608417
ISBN13
9780226608419
Bestsellers rank
763,654