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What Has Dayton to Do with Sils-Maria? Nietzsche and The Scopes Trial (2014)


Friedrich Nietzsche figures prominently in the transcript of the Scopes trial (1925), introduced by the prosecution as the exemplary philosopher of evolutionary theory, and furthermore recalled as the exculpatory influence for Darrow's notorious defense of Leopold and Loeb (1924). Although Nietzsche's polemical style may provoke such partisanship, his Genealogy of Morality (1887) nonetheless provides a compelling critical perspective on the scientific, religious, social and moral concerns contested in Dayton. In particular, Nietzsche's genealogy of the scientist in terms of the ascetic ideal brings penetrating insight to the shared ambitions of defense and prosecution, and the corresponding intensity of their polemical engagement.

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Authors & Contributors
Larson, Edward John
Gregory, Frederick
Fuller, Steven
Shapiro, Adam R.
Davis, Jack
Dale, Elizabeth
Natural History
Journal of American Culture
Social Studies of Science
Journal of the History of Biology
Science as Culture
Basic Books
University of Tennessee Press
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Science and religion
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Bryan, William Jennings
Mencken, Henry Louis
Duffy, Edmund
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