Weikart Darwin-Hitler Talk Most Informative, One Of Best “First Fridays” We’ve Ever Had
It was a full-house that heard California State University (at Stanislaus) modern European history Prof. Richard Weikart deliver the October 2009 “First Friday” address titled “From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany.” He discussed, among other things: His own interest in this subject which began when he noticed how many 19th century socialists/Darwinists were determined to get rid Judaeo-Christian ethics.
Prof. Weikart also spoke about: How most eugenicists were Darwinians; how Darwinism and moral relativism undermine human rights; the dangers of believing in the animal ancestry of human beings, a denial of the body-soul dualism, and death-as-progress.
Prof. Weikart has written four books, including From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany (2004) and most recently Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress. He has also published essays on the history of social Darwinism and evolutionary ethics in leading scholarly journals. Ben Stein interviewed him at Dachau and at a Nazi center for killing the disabled for his film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.