Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Quote: Richards on the controversy about sociobiology

Janet Radcliffe Richards' Human Nature After Darwin (which I use in a course I teach on the philosophical consequences of Darwinism) is the best, and not unrelatedly, the most level-headed book on the 'Darwin wars' I've ever read. A great quote:
The resistance to sociobiology when it first appeared was fuelled mainly by the conviction of its opponents that any claim about genetically ingrained characteristics must be the first premise of an argument for concentration camps, forced sterilization and the abolition of the welfare state (p. 222).

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