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FB-52756-06

William Harris Tucker
Rutgers University, Camden (Camden, NJ 08102-1405)

Science and Ideology in the Work of Raymond Cattell

In 1997 Raymond Cattell, one of the most influential psychologists in the 20th century, was named recipient of his profession's Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement, only to have its presentation postponed at the last moment due to concerns over a religious system he had promoted throughout his career. Derived from science, this system posited evolutionary progress as the ultimate goal of human existence and argued that scientifically measurable criteria should be used to distinguish "successful" from "failing" racial groups, so that the latter might be "phased out" by humane methods such as restriction of births. This project is a book length examination of Cattell's views as a case study in the relationship of science to ethical values.

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Project fields:
Psychology

Program:
Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2007 – 12/31/2007