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ERIC Number: EJ781978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
Technological Nihilism vs. Natural Law: Science, Morality, and the Law Today
Lawler, Peter Augustine
Educational Horizons, v83 n4 p264-271 Sum 2005
The conflict between the followers of Jacques Maritain and the followers of John Dewey seems to amount to this: each group accuses the other of promoting education for tyranny. Pragmatism, for the Deweyans, frees human beings from the idea of a fixed human nature to pursue freely their ever-evolving ideas of happiness or fulfillment. According to the followers of Maritain, pragmatists are really nihilists: they deny the reality of the natural purposes that shape and limit all human endeavors. In this essay, the author offers his thoughts on this debate. The author also asserts that people's creeping, selective libertarianism--which is really technological nihilism--points to new forms of tyranny. He contends that the only way to resist that tyranny effectively is to show that technological nihilism is untrue.
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Language: English
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