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The Science of Sympathy: Morality, Evolution, and Victorian Civilization

Rob Boddice


In his Descent of Man, Charles Darwin placed sympathy at the crux of morality in civilized society. His idea buttressed the belief that white, upper-class, educated men deserved their sense of superiority by virtue of good breeding. It also implied that progress could be steered by envisioning a new blueprint for sympathy that redefined moral actions carried out in sympathy's name. Rob Boddice joins a daring intellectual history of sympathy to a portrait of how the first Darwinists defined and employed it. Combining the history of emotions, the history of medicine, the history of science and t ... More

Keywords: Darwinism, history of emotions, history of science, history of medicine, history of morality, vivisection, vaccination, eugenics, sympathy, physiology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040580
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040580.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Boddice, author
Max Planck Institute for Human Development