Social Darwinists beliefs are important to recognize because similar ideas are increasingly being advocated today by some within bioethics and society more generally. While not typically presented as a revival of social Darwinism, these beliefs are offered piece-by-piece in certain approaches to ethical dilemmas. Some examples will be given to support this view.
As society becomes increasingly enamoured by these views, all involved in healthcare should examine the influence and validity of these beliefs carefully. Hitler believed that his racist and eugenic practices were ethical and could be defended based on social Darwinist presuppositions. It seems unlikely that similar policies will be forced upon Western society by totalitarian regimes. But little by little, a society that accepts social Darwinist presuppositions will come to accept eugenic practices and policies. Widespread individual acceptance of such views could just as likely lead to widespread discrimination and maltreatment of those deemed unfit to survive.
Reference: Mathuna PO: Human Dignity in the Nazi Era. BMC 2006, 7:2.
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"While social Darwinism itself was applied to social and economic situations rather than military ones, it is easy how extreme versions of social Darwinism could justify physical struggles among races." --WOVcenter 23:56, 8 March 2007 (EST)
Science and ethics
Obviously there is a difference between stating a theory which explains observations and making a recommendation based on that theory. Yet evolutionists claim there are no moral implications for the theory of evolution, which is obviously false. People like Herbert Spencer and Eugenics advocates in general use evolution to justify sterilization and even mass murder. --Ed Poor Talk 09:02, 8 April 2008 (EDT)
- In the section headed by Klinghoffer, the last sentence should have a citation or 2. Murray 10:47, 29 May 2008 (EDT)