Science and Society

Nagel, Ernest
June 1954
New Republic;6/28/54, Vol. 130 Issue 26, p19
This article discusses the book "The Measure of Man," by Joseph Wood Krutch. Krutch interprets this methodological assumption to signify that every aspect of human personality is merely the effect of environmental forces, so that moral choice and individual responsibility are at bottom only illusions. In the perspective, of contemporary social science human beings are therefore said to appear simply as plastic objects to be molded and manipulated at will. In consequence, the ultimate source of the tragedies and brutalities, of that time are held to lie in the moral relativism engendered by the notion, that man is nothing more than an animated machine.


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