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Title:

Buck versus Bell, czyli eugenika w Sądzie Najwyższym Stanów Zjednoczonych

Alternative title:

Buck v. Bell. Eugenics in the United States’ Supreme Court

Creator:

Machaj, Łukasz

ORCID:

0000-0002-7247-0138

Subject and Keywords:

eugenics ; Supreme Court of the United States ; Buck versus Bell

Description:

Kontynuacją tytułu są: Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis. Studia nad Autorytaryzmem i Totalitaryzmem ; t. 34- ; ISSN 2300-7249

Abstract:

The article concerns one of the most infamous decisions of the Supreme Court of the United States Buck versus Bell. The verdict was based on the principles of eugenics and affirmed the constitutionality of the sterilization of “feeble-minded” persons. The rationale for this decision was the right of the society to demand certain sacrifices from its members in the name of common good. According to Oliver Wendell Holmes, who authored the verdict, the state has a right to stop “imbeciles” from reproducing in order to prevent the danger of the society’s slide into the “swamp of incompetence”. Individual autonomy and liberty, enshrined in the Constitution, does not include the right to produce “degenerate offspring”. The decision was deeply rooted in pseudoscientific eugenic theories concerning the genetic transmitability of “feeble-mindedness”. Today Holmes’ verdict raises a fully deserved moral outrage and is universally condemned as ethically odious.

Place of publishing:

Wrocław

Publisher:

Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego

Contributor:

Maciejewski, Marek. Red.

Date issued:

2009

Identifier:

ISSN 0239-6661 ; ISSN 0137-1126

Source:

PAd P 101182 II

Language:

pol. ; niem. ; eng.

Relation:

Acta Universitatis Wratislaviensis, ISSN 0239-6661, No 3154. Studia nad Faszyzmem i Zbrodniami Hitlerowskimi, ISSN 0137-1126. 2009, 31, s. 421-427

Is version of:

Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

Rights holder:

© Copyright by Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego Sp. z o.o., Wrocław 2009