We are accustomed to thinking of science as morally neutral, and of the ethical dilemmas it raises as problems of good tools put to bad use. But this view of modern science, Yuval Levin argues, is far too narrow: it sells short the idealism of science in trying to improve human life and underestimates the moral difficulties science provokes in its pursuit of novel powers. Understood as an intellectual force, modern science shapes the way we think about the purpose, the means, and the ends of morals and politics.
Ethics & Public Policy Center
The Moral Challenge of Modern Science
Published in The New Atlantis, Fall 2006 on October 1, 2006