Understanding Darwin

Maria Skadkær Hansen, Christina Johannsen, Sille Freydis Hagerup Kløvedal, Mikkel Bjelke Kristiansen, Ask Bjarke Dystrup Lehrmann, Stig Skov Mortensen & Tami Pinhasi

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


With a point of departure in Charles Darwin’s books Origin of Species and De-scent of Man, we investigate how three Social Darwinist, respectively Darwin himself, philosopher Herbert Spencer and evolution theorist David Loye, have drawn different conclusions on the bases of their books, with an emphasis on the concept of moral. Through doing a Discourse Analysis, with emphasis on the Communicative Functions, we find how limitations of constructions of identities are created through the different intentions Darwin, Spencer and Loye have had in mind. Furthermore, we discuss what social consequences would follow from these different identities if applied to the food crisis and the climate changes which are contemporary crises in today’s society.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato26 jun. 2008
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  • Darwin, Social Darwinism, Spencer, Loye, Discourse Analysis, identity, morality