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Jornal de Psicanálise

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PRIOR, Tamara. Eugenics: the mind under the designs of heredity. J. psicanal. [online]. 2015, vol.48, n.89, pp. 171-186. ISSN 0103-5835.

Throughout History, heredity as a subject has been found under several interpretations. On the one hand, the development of biological sciences has allowed a greater (or better) knowledge about its mechanisms; on the other hand, it has made the thought on theoretical determinisms be indispensable. These theoretical determinisms seem to rest especially on the field of the studies of mind. This paper proposes an examination of the origins and postulates of Eugenics, which is conceived as a social, political and scientific movement that intended to improve the biological heritage in order to solve mankind's mental degeneration and decay.

Palabras clave : heredity; Eugenics; History; biological determinism.

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