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Ethics and HumanityThemes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Glover$
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N. Ann Davis, Richard Keshen, and Jeff McMahan

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325195.001.0001

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Humanity and the Perils of Perniciously Politicized Science

Humanity and the Perils of Perniciously Politicized Science

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Ethics and Humanity

N. Ann Davis (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

In Humanity, Jonathan Glover argues that success in resisting the resurgence of tyranny and crippling ideological conflict in the twenty‐first century turns on our acquiring a better understanding of human psychology, and of the ways in which people allow themselves to be silenced and distracted. This chapter underscores Glover's commitment to expanding the scope of moral philosophy to take better account of history and psychology, and argues that we need also to take more robust measures to counterbalance some of the more damaging consequences of the embrace of neoliberal ideology, notably the corporatization of scientific research, and the privatization fervor that allowed for the consolidation of the media. Both, in turn, have fostered the ‘pernicious politicization’ of science, which is a species of what Glover sees as one of the principal intellectual and moral failings of Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany: allowing ideological Belief to dictate Truth, and thus to undermine truth‐directed science. The chapter explains how neoliberal ideology has played a fulcral role both in politicizing science and in eroding the ethos of the media, and thus compromised efforts to produce an educated citizenry and sustain a viable democracy.

Keywords:   neoliberal ideology, corporatization, media consolidation, privatization, truth‐directed science, Chakrabarty, Bayh‐Dole, conflicts of interest, public relations, advertising

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