(Answered): On Social Darwinism and Scientific Racism


(Answered): On Social Darwinism and Scientific Racism

Based on the readings “selection and Race” by Francis Galton, and “the poverty of the incapable” by Herbert Spencer. Compare the views of Galton with those of Spencer. Analyze and explain their opinions on how evolution is relevant to the human species. How are their views similar, and how are they different? Do either of their views involve faulty understandings of Darwin or evolution by natural selection? What aspects of their views do you agree or disagree with, and why? How might a classical utilitarian liberal such as J.S. Mill critique or reject social Darwinism and eugenics as espoused by Spencer and by Galton?

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