hereditarianism


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hereditarianism

(hə-rĕd′ĭ-târ′ē-ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
The doctrine or school that regards heredity as more important than environmental influences in determining intelligence and behavior.

he·red′i·tar′i·an (hə-rĕd′ĭ-târ′ē-ən) adj. & n.
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Hereditarianism in general and IQ testing in particular were discredited by a cohort of educationalists, sociologists, and historians.
Richard Hernstein and Charles Mwrray's The Bell Curve and the work of the egregious Philippe Rushton all point to a recrudescence of hereditarianism, and IQ testing with it.
For an analysis of the roots of generation theory in French psychiatry see Ian Dowbiggin, "Degeneration and hereditarianism in French mental science 1840-90: psychiatric theory as ideological adaption," in The Anatomy of Madness: Essays in the History of Psychiatry, vol.
Hereditarianism (the theory that the major cause of mental problems, including substance abuse, was hereditary) was a major causal philosophy for much of the work at the retreat.
Interestingly, while there has been considerable scholarly work undertaken on the eugenics movement in the United States, hereditarianism and environmentalism have not been investigated as complementary ideas stemming from one unifying vision.