Enlightenment and Enchantment: Technology and Moral Limits

Technology in Society 32 (2010) 25-30

7 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2012

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Bruce Jennings

Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society; Center for Humans and Nature; The Hastings Center; Yale School of Public Health

Date Written: September 19, 2009


This essay places C. P. Snow’s The Two Cultures in a particular intellectual context that points to important recent developments in the interdisciplinary discourse of applied ethics, particularly bioethics and its critical response to biotechnology. It also recasts the problem of the two cultures into a more fundamental question about the ethical governance of science — can we, should we, and will we in time finally bring about the end of the Faustian imperative of technocracy, unlimited consumption, and economic growth based on depletion of finite fossil carbon and the ecologically destructive effects of its use?

Keywords: science, technology, humanities, bioethics, biotechnology, Two Cultures, CP Snow

Suggested Citation

Jennings, Bruce, Enlightenment and Enchantment: Technology and Moral Limits (September 19, 2009). Technology in Society 32 (2010) 25-30, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2101395

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