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1883 | The Origins of Eugenics

1883 | The Origins of Eugenics

Sir Francis Galton coined the term “eugenics”, which was derived by from the Greek word eugenes meaning “good in birth” or “good in stock”. The first mention of the term comes from an 1883 text written by Galton entitled Inquiries into Human Fertility and Its Development. Galton’s eugenic philosophy known as “positive eugenics”, or the belief that those of “superior” genetic stock should be encouraged to reproduce. This is opposed to “negative eugenics” which is the belief that those deemed unfit should be prohibited from reproducing. 

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