Plenty is doing.
"[Emile Zola's] commitment to hereditary determination of "feelings, desires, passions, all human manifestations" was an integral part of a world view that was characteristic of an anti-aristocratic, anti-clerical, radical bourgeois of the Third Republic. It was....an attempt to reconcile the facts of an unequal and hierarchical society with the ideology of freedom and equality."
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