Eugenics Archive (2015)

Matt Barker
Concordia University
This short paper, written for a wide audience, introduces "science and values" topics as they have arisen in the context of eugenics. The paper especially focuses on the context of 20th century eugenics in western Canada, where eugenic legislation in two provinces was not repealed until the 1970s and thousands of people were sterilized without their consent. A framework for understanding science-value relationships within this context is discussed, and so too is recent relevant work in philosophy of science.
Keywords science and values  eugenics  eugenic science  Sir Francis Galton  value judgments  Dr. Charles Clarke  intelligence test  objectivity  empirical evidence  genetic screening
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