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Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science #259: The Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics, 1927-1945: Crossing Boundaries

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When the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics opened its doors in 1927, it could rely on wide political approval. In 1933 the institute and its founding director Eugen Fischer came under pressure to adjust, which they were able to ward off through Selbstgleichschaltung (auto-coordination). The Third Reich brought about a mutual beneficial servicing of science and politics. With their research into hereditary health and racial policies the institute's employees provided the Brownshirt rulers with legitimating grounds. This volume traces the history of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Heredity and Eugenics between democracy and dictatorship. Attention is turned to the haunting transformation of the research program, the institute's integration into the national and international science panorama, and its relationship to the ruling power. The volume also confronts the institute's interconnection to the political crimes of Nazi Germany terminating in bestial medical crimes.

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Acknowledgements. List of Abbreviations. Introduction. 1. A "Purely Theoretical Institute for the study if the nature of man" The Founding of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Anthropology, Human Genetics and Eugenics, 1920-1927 2. The Human of the Future Under the Scrutiny of Research 3. The "Faustian Bargain" 4. In the Realm of Opportunity 5. Boundary Transgression 6. Index of Persons 7. Sources and Literature

Product Details

ISBN:
9781402065996
Author:
Schmuhl, Hans-walter
Publisher:
Springer
Author:
Schmuhl, Hans-Walter
Subject:
History
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
General
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
National socialism and medicine.
Subject:
Eugenics -- Germany -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Auschwitz
Subject:
National socialism
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Eugenics
Subject:
Human genetics
Subject:
History of science
Subject:
Medicine/Public Health, general
Subject:
Life Sciences, general <P>The first book to examine German biomedical science and its social applications in the country’s most renowned institute for the human sciences in the inter-War years</P> <P>Confronts the daunting question of how the life scien
Subject:
History of Science-General
Subject:
Life Sciences - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Book
Series:
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume:
259
Publication Date:
20080725
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
482
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm

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