History and Philosophy Of Science | Genetics and Eugenics
X705 | 25605 | Sander Gliboff

Genetics & Eugenics

The early theorizing of Mendel and Galton in the nineteenth century;
eugenics in the early decades of the twentieth; the subsequent turn
towards basic research on lower organisms, chromosomes, and
proteins; the cracking of the genetic code in the 1950s; the
resurgence of human genetics from the 1960s on: these and other
major trends and breakthroughs in the study of heredity not only
inspired humanistic, social, and political programs and visions, but
also drew inspiration from them. The interplay between the science
and the social visions will be the subject of this seminar. The
book, In the Name of Eugenics, by Daniel Kevles, will provide a
unifying narrative line for us to follow throughout the term, but
each week we will also fill out and supplement Kevlesí story with
our own investigations into primary sources and alternative
accounts.  A term paper, based on original research will be required.
Kevles, Daniel J., In the Name of Eugenics. Genetics and the Uses of
Human Heredity. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1985. ISBN 0-674-44557-0
Electronic Reserves at http://ereserves.indiana.edu
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