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Science and Ethical Values


reviewed by Martin Levit - 1966

coverTitle: Science and Ethical Values
Author(s): Bentley Glass
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In this little volume, one of America's most eminent biologists argues that "ethical values do grow out of the biological nature of man and his evolution" (p. vii). He seems to argue that these "biological values" often are moral imperatives, and that disregard of these imperatives is a sign of present ignorance and impending doom. The word "seems" is used because at several crucial points the argument is either vague or, perhaps, inconsistent. The biological value of any trait is judged by this criterion: If (and only if) a trait promotes survival, then it has biological value. Biological values are always relative—and this in several senses. For example, a trait may promote the survival of an individual but not the survival of the species. A higher value must be accorded to traits which promote the survival of the species and the continuing mutual adaptations among species in the interknit community of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 67 Number 8, 1966, p. 634-634
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2353, Date Accessed: 2/20/2020 3:26:36 PM

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