Mumford Hall 133.
"Was Hitler a Darwinian?"
Professor Robert Richards, Morris Fishbein Distinguished Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago, will investigate the claims that Hitler’s ideas about race and racial struggle derived from the theories of Charles Darwin, either directly or through intermediate sources. These claims are used to discredit evolutionary theory and morally indict Darwin and his disciples, especially Ernst Haeckel. In this talk, Richards will investigate whether the claims are empirically true and whether moral logic can sustain the impugning of Darwin’s character or that of his German disciple Ernst Haeckel.
Free and open to the public.
Robert Richards is one the most distinguished living historians of science. He is the author of over 70 articles, six books books, and is the co-editor of four others. He has received the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Mellon Fellowship, and numerous other awards and fellowships. His Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior was one of the first major contributions to the history of evolutionary psychology. Richards also has written extensively on the history of science in 19th- and 20th-century Germany.
Sponsored by the Chancellor's Distinguished Visitors Program and the Department of History