Similarities and Varieties: A Brief Sketch on the Reception of Darwinism and Sociobiology in Japan

@article{Sakura1998SimilaritiesAV,
  title={Similarities and Varieties: A Brief Sketch on the Reception of Darwinism and Sociobiology in Japan},
  author={Osamu Sakura},
  journal={Biology and Philosophy},
  year={1998},
  volume={13},
  pages={341-357}
}
  • Osamu Sakura
  • Published 1 July 1998
  • Philosophy
  • Biology and Philosophy
This paper discusses the reception of Darwinian evolutionary theory and sociobiology in Japan. Darwinism was introduced into Japan in the late 19th century and Japanese people readily accepted the concept of evolution because, lacking Christianity, there was no religious opposition. However, the theory of evolution was treated as a kind of social scientific tool, i.e., social Spencerism and eugenics. Although evolutionary biology was developed during the late 19th and the early 20th century… 
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