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    #1

    give sanction...?

    Hi, I don't understand what the underlined part...

    Please help..
    What does that mean in this context? Thank you.

    Darwinian ideas are thus by no means necessarily optimistic. But those

    who accepted them for the most part found them full of hope. They

    seemed to make it quite clear that what is called progress is just as real

    as what is called gravity. They gave the sanction of natural science

    to moral and political ideas,
    much as Newton's ideas had done a century

    and a half earlier.

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    #2

    Re: give sanction...?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Hi, I don't understand what the underlined part... Neither do I.

    Please help..
    What does that mean in this context? Thank you.

    Darwinian ideas are thus by no means necessarily optimistic. But those

    who accepted them for the most part found them full of hope. They

    seemed to make it quite clear that what is called progress is just as real

    as what is called gravity. They gave the sanction of natural science

    to moral and political ideas, much as Newton's ideas had done a century

    and a half earlier.
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    Re: give sanction...?

    Quote Originally Posted by juliana0403 View Post
    Hi, I don't understand what the underlined part...

    Please help..
    What does that mean in this context? Thank you.

    Darwinian ideas are thus by no means necessarily optimistic. But those

    who accepted them for the most part found them full of hope. They

    seemed to make it quite clear that what is called progress is just as real

    as what is called gravity. They gave the sanction of natural science

    to moral and political ideas,
    much as Newton's ideas had done a century

    and a half earlier.

    Cold you give us more context? What is the book/article from which you have taken this?

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