Konrad Lorenz's ethological theory: explanation and ideology, 1938-1943.

  title={Konrad Lorenz's ethological theory: explanation and ideology, 1938-1943.},
  author={T J Kalikow},
  journal={Journal of the history of biology},
  volume={16 1},
  • T J Kalikow
  • Published 1983 in Journal of the history of biology
In this paper 1 we shall look at the role of ideology in the writings of Konrad Lorenz, major pre-World War II theorist of ethology. This role will be examined by focusing on the place in Lorenz’s theory where it had the most obvious effect: in his pronouncements on degeneration in human’ beings and in animals. What follows is by no means intended to be a complete history of Lorenz’s achievements as chief prewar theoretician of ethology, although it does represent an extension of my own earlier… CONTINUE READING

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