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The Crisis of Ethically Neutral Science
The Crisis of Ethically Neutral Science

Author(s): Mile Babić
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Higher Education , Philosophy of Education
Published by: Akademija Nauka i Umjetnosti Bosne i Hercegovine
Keywords: science; crisis of ethically neutral science; global power; global responsibility; fundamental ethical imperative; new idea of brotherhood;
Summary/Abstract: Current crisis of morality in scientific and technical civilization leads us to a common ruin because modern science (which is free of morality) is inextricably linked to technology, and can therefore be called technoscience. As such, today it has a monopoly on knowledge of the world and therefore has the greatest power in history and is in tight collusion with the holders of power: the economy, politics, medicine, media, countries and multinational corporations. To have the greatest imaginable power (which, according to Kant, corrupts the freedom of mental reasoning), while being free from the morals that limit that power, means to turn the world into a world of the most modern barbarism and violence, destruction and self-destruction. Only morally responsible science is capable for future and it is the premise of a civilization capable of the future. Only responsible science can prevent science from turning into a comprehensive dogma. Therefore, science must be free from any ideology that depicts reality in black and white and thus produces vanity, hatred and violence. Global science requires a global ethos (global responsibility). Science cares about the truth that liberates us from lies and connects us into a single community. The fundamental ethical imperative primum non nocere (“first, do no harm”) is valid everywhere and forever. Ethically responsible science requires a change in the consciousness of the individual and a rediscovery of the idea of brotherhood. No human action should undermine and destroy existing reality, but rather improve it.

  • Page Range: 299-319
  • Page Count: 21
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English