Eugenics and Other Evils: On Socialism, Science and the Creation of the Master Race

Version: Unabridged
Author: G.K. Chesterton
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Science & Technology, Ethics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: January 2018
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Overview

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, eugenics, the scientific control of human breeding, was a popular cause within enlightened and progressive segments of the English-speaking world. The New York Times eagerly supported it, gushing about the wonderful "new science." Prominent scientists, such as the plant biologist Luther Burbank, were among its most enthusiastic supporters. And the Carnegie and Rockefeller foundations generously funded eugenic research intended to distinguish the 'fit' from the 'unfit.'This prophetic volume counters the intellectual nihilism of Nietzsche, while simultaneously rebuking Western notions of progress--biological or otherwise. Chesterton expands his criticism of eugenics into what he calls "a more general criticism of the modern craze for scientific officialism and strict social organization."

Author Details

Author Details

Chesterton, G.K.

G. K. Chesterton's writing career spanned 35 years and included nearly 100 books and thousands of articles in 125 different periodicals, on topics ranging from travel, economics, and politics to religion and philosophy. Malcolm Brennan is a professor emeritus of English at the Citadel in South Carolina and is the author of numerous works, including a collection of essays on the history of the English martyrs.