Land Nationalization to Socialism: The Ethics of Politics and the Politics of Ethics

in An Elusive Victorian

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780226246130
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226246154 | DOI:
Land Nationalization to Socialism: The Ethics of Politics and the Politics of Ethics

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This chapter describes the social, political, and economic implications of evolutionary thought for the pressing questions of Victorian industrial society came to occupy a greater portion of Wallace's life and work. Wallace's relationship to Jevons's work, limited as it may be, underscores the necessity to recognize that of all elements of Victorian culture that were in flux, economic and political theory and action were among the most complex. The combination of theoretical and practical factors mentioned here shaped Wallace's sociopolitical views as profoundly as that of his scientific ones. Wallace claimed, dominating the selection of reproductive partners in Victorian society by removing disparities of wealth and rank, socialism would eliminate economic and political prejudices. Thus, Wallace's journey to socialism represents another stage in his life-long effort to forge a holistic and activist philosophy of humans and in nature.

Keywords: evolutionary thought; Victorian industrial society; Wallace; Victorian culture; sociopolitical views

Chapter.  32103 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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