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

Rob Boddice

Abstract

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

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rob Boddice, author
Max Planck Institute for Human Development