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Ethics and Science

  • J. J. C. Smart (a1)

It has frequently been lamented that while the human species has made immense progress in science it is nevertheless ethically backward. This ethical backwardness is all the more dangerous because the advanced state of scientific knowledge has made available a technology with which we are able to destroy ourselves—indeed a technology which may have got so much out of hand that we may not even have the capacity to prevent it from destroying us.

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John Passmore , ‘The Treatment of Animals’, Journal of the History of Ideas 36 (1975), 195218, especially p. 200.

Donald Davidson , ‘Radical Interpretation’, Dialectica 27 (1973), 313328.

H. Sidgwick , The Methods of Ethics, 7th edn (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1962), 418419.

Donald Davidson , ‘True to the Facts’, Journal of Philosophy 66 (1969), 748764.

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