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How a natural scientist sees socio‐economic problems and their solution: A dialogue with Sir Julian Huxley

Anghel N. Rugina (Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA)

International Journal of Social Economics

ISSN: 0306-8293

Article publication date: 1 July 2000

Abstract

Sir Julian Huxley (1887‐1975) was one of those rare scientists who, beyond professional training and contribution in biology, was very much concerned with the future of man and humanity. As a social thinker, he strongly believed in eugenics, that science which, in his view, should investigate analytically and practically how to improve the quality of the human race by careful selection of parents. On the other hand, he was aware that practically the attainment of such a goal requires full powers to control social and economic development. He knew that such an attitude may come in conflict with the existing political arrangement in the West but he persisted. As a philosopher he shared a more flexible conception about a better world of tomorrow, leaving room also for the unexpected. He believed that a “New Man” will come from the East, but the judgment of history up to now was not on his side.

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Rugina, A.N. (2000), "How a natural scientist sees socio‐economic problems and their solution: A dialogue with Sir Julian Huxley", International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 27 No. 7/8/9/10, pp. 720-738. https://doi.org/10.1108/03068290010335073

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