What is the question Huxley intends to address in this reading? Specifically, what is the hypothesis he intends to oppose?
Explain the two fallacies Huxley argues are committed by the proponents of the ethics of evolution.
Discuss the points of contrast Huxley draws between the practice of ethics and the process of the struggle for existence.
What is the distinction Huxley makes between the physical sciences and the social sciences with respect to the ethical progress of society?
On what basis does Huxley believe the ethical progress of society will continue in opposition to the natural "cosmic process" of the survival of the fittest? How certain is he of the future ethical progress of civilization?
The epithet possibly derived from Huxley's comment in a letter to Ernst Hęckel, the eminent German biologist, that "The dogs have been snapping at [Darwin's] heels …" Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley (London: D. Appleton, 1900), Vol. 1, 363.
"A Grandmother' Tales," Macmillan's Magazine 78, no. 468, (October, 1898): 433-434.
H. L. Mencken, A Second Mencken Chrestomathy, ed. Terry Teachout (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994), 158.
T. H. Huxley, "Evolution and Ethics," Romanes Lecture in Collected Essays (London: Macmillan, 1893-4), Vol. 9, 46-116.
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