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    Ideas of Heredity, Reproduction and Eugenics in Britain, 1800–1875.John C. Waller - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32 (3):457-489.
    In this paper I begin by arguing that there are significant intellectual and normative continuities between pre-Victorian hereditarianism and later Victorian eugenical ideologies. Notions of mental heredity and of the dangers of transmitting hereditary ‘taints’ were already serious concerns among medical practitioners and laymen in the early nineteenth century. I then show how the Victorian period witnessed an increasing tendency for these traditional concerns about hereditary transmission and the integrity of bloodlines to be projected onto the level of national health. (...)
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    Gentlemanly Men of Science: Sir Francis Galton and the Professionalization of the British Life-Sciences. [REVIEW]John C. Waller - 2001 - Journal of the History of Biology 34 (1):83 - 114.
    Because Francis Galton (1822-1911) was a well-connected gentleman scientist with substantial private means, the importance of the role he played in the professionalization of the Victorian life-sciences has been considered anomalous. In contrast to the X-clubbers, he did not seem to have any personal need for the reforms his Darwinist colleagues were advocating. Nor for making common cause with individuals haling from social strata clearly inferior to his own. However, in this paper I argue that Galton quite realistically discerned in (...)
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    Ideas of Heredity, Reproduction and Eugenics in Britain, 1800–1875.John C. Waller - 2001 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32 (3):457-489.
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    Evan Thompson. Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind. Xiv + 543 Pp., Index. Cambridge, Mass./London: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2007. $45. [REVIEW]John C. Waller - 2008 - Isis 99 (4):886-887.
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    Angelique Richardson, Love and Eugenics in the Late Nineteenth Century: Rational Reproduction and the New Woman. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pp. 250. Isbn 0-1981-8700-9. £51.00. [REVIEW]John C. Waller - 2006 - British Journal for the History of Science 39 (3):464-466.
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    Gerald Sweeney, Fighting for the Good Cause: Reflections on Francis Galtons Legacy to American Hereditarian Psychology. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society, 91, Part 2. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2001. Pp. X+136. Isbn 0-87169-912-5. $18.00. [REVIEW]John C. Waller - 2003 - British Journal for the History of Science 36 (2):247-248.
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    Becoming a Darwinian: The Micro‐Politics of Sir Francis Galton's Scientific Career 1859–65.John C. Waller - 2004 - Annals of Science 61 (2):141-163.
    In 1865 Francis Galton published ‘Hereditary Talent and Character’, an elaborate attempt to prove the heritability of intelligence on the basis of pedigree data. It was the start of Galton's lifelong commitment to investigating the statistical patterns and physiological mechanisms of hereditary transmission. Most existing attempts to explain Galton's fascination for heredity have argued that he was driven by a commitment to conservative political ideologies to seek means of naturalizing human inequality. However, this paper shows that another factor of at (...)
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    Putting Method First: Re-Appraising the Extreme Determinism and Hard Hereditarianism of Sir Francis Dalton.John C. Waller - 2002 - History of Science 40 (1):35-62.
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  9. Pulling Ourselves Together.John C. Waller - 2007 - Metascience 16 (1):111-115.
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