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Social Darwinism

Core definition

The application of Darwinian evolutionary theory to social phenomena.

Longer explanation

You know the show Survivor, where the goal is to ‘outwit, outplay, outlast’, well this show was clearly conceived by a social Darwinist. In the mid-nineteenth century, Charles Darwin argued that species evolve through natural selection where the fittest survive to pass ...

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