The essay examines the relevance ethics assumed in the 1890s due to the rise of eugenics and other dangerous pseudosciences. These were the result of a misinterpretation and a misreading of central Darwinian issues. Literature and philosophy reacted strongly. The intelligentsia of the time underlined the peril such pseudosciences posed. The indignation shown by philosophers and literati is thus read as a 19th-century early instance of what would later be termed 'bioethics'.

Bioethics and Biolaw through Literature, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2011, pp. 188-202

Yvonne Bezrucka
2011-01-01

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The essay examines the relevance ethics assumed in the 1890s due to the rise of eugenics and other dangerous pseudosciences. These were the result of a misinterpretation and a misreading of central Darwinian issues. Literature and philosophy reacted strongly. The intelligentsia of the time underlined the peril such pseudosciences posed. The indignation shown by philosophers and literati is thus read as a 19th-century early instance of what would later be termed 'bioethics'.
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