The Higher Usefulness of Science, and Other Essays

Paperback | February 7, 2012

byWilliam Emerson Ritter

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1918 Excerpt: ... "In Galton's Eugenics, founded upon the idea of evolution and the assumption that the human will is in some small measure capable of guiding the course of evolution, we see a scientific realization of Nietzsche's dreams." And let no one, especially in this democratic country of ours, neglect to mark well the character of those dreams: Autocracy carried through to its logical end. The best shall rule and "by means of force." The best shall be masters; the community their slaves, literally and not figuratively. The only law shall be the law of the strong, the fit. Those eugenists whose biological philosophy rests on germ-plasmic fatalism, appear not to have recognized--probably because the goal is so far away--that they face toward an aristocracy most hateful to one who knows what democracy really means. Here again Nietzsche was more far-sighted than his biological counterparts, for he clearly saw and loudly proclaimed that supermen must be a very few very select masters with the great common "herd" their slaves. And so our discussion turns back to its beginning. The laws of interdependence, of reciprocal connection and action which seem to pervade all living nature and bind it into a great, infinitely complex unity are only a seeming, only an outward manifestation of the ultimate Reality, so many biologists accord with Nietzscheans in declaring. The "web of life" of which the ordinary man recognizes himself to be a part and which vulgar natural history strives to describe and define accurately and to classify naturally, is of little profit or interest because unreal or at best semi-real, say these biologists. We may hope a generation of students of nature will arise after a while, a majority of whom will genuinely believe and act in accordance with their fai...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1918 Excerpt: ... "In Galton's Eugenics, founded upon the idea of evolution and the assumption that the human will is in some small measure capabl...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 7, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217084052

ISBN - 13:9780217084055

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