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ERIC Number: ED084092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 155
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Science: Servant or Master?
Morgenthau, Hans J.
In this tenth book of a series entitled "Perspectives in Humanism," analyses are included concerning the meaning of science for modern man and its effects on contemporary politics. Natural, social, and humanistic sciences are discussed in connection with religion, philosophy, and politics to indicate the importance of the scholar who fulfills the mission of science and also the mission of man. Domestic political scenes are analyzed to illustrate three effects of scientific developments in the present technological age. Power shifts are manifested from the people to the government and from democratically responsible officials to technological elites within the government. Popular participation in and control over governmental affairs decrease drastically. Problems of war and peace in international relations are major concerns in discussing the future of man. Pervasive flaws in Kahn's arguments are presented. The author concludes that a radical transformation of the nature of man is needed for all mankind under such potentialities of the technological age. Man's change in modes of thought and action in the light of novel conditions is the only way to use the technology for the good of humanity rather than for its destruction. (CC)
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