Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xvi

The anguish of artists and poets is celebrated by societies that expect justice and happiness in the future regardless of their current conditions. Anguish is accepted and endorsed not so much as a judgment about the present but as a means to envision and usher in a different future. ...

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1 Responsible Technoscience: The Haunting Reality of Auschwitz and Hiroshima

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pp. 1-17

The commemoration in 1995 of the fiftieth anniversaries of two major events of World War II, the liberation of Auschwitz (January 1945) and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima (August 1945), invites us to use these events as starting points for self-examination. ...

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2 Public Expectations of Technoscience: From Truth to Immortality

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pp. 18-39

The first part of this chapter explores how we have voluntarily brought ourselves into the modernist situation described in Chapter 1. It focuses on the need for control of both the social and natural environments through an authority one can believe in, an authority that deflects superstition, dogma, and manipulation. ...

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3 Ambiguity and Anxiety: The Making of Human Anguish

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pp. 40-61

The first part of this chapter traces the human quest for order and the traditional gratification of this desire through religious doctrine (this parallels my examination of control in chapter 2). I then argue that the technoscientific community continued in this tradition to accomplish a similar goal of providing an ordered conception of the universe. ...

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4 The Postmodern Option: A Dialectical Critique

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pp. 62-80

In this chapter I examine the views expressed by the leaders and members of the Manhattan Project concerning their personal responsibility for the development of weaponry capable of the mass destruction of human lives. In order to articulate these concerns I will probe three sets of issues: ...

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5 Responsible Technoscience: A Reconstruction

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pp. 81-99

The requirement to address the great calamities of our century, as it was raised in Chapter i, is reflected in the endemic condition of ambiguity, anxiety, and anguish described in Chapters 2. and 3. The technoscientific community is in need of a postmodernist dose of flexibility and openness, as well as their consequence, responsibility, in order to ensure its political integrity— ...

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6 The Price of Responsibility: From Personal to Financial

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pp. 100-118

This chapter attempts a difficult feat: to retain a postmodern orientation in the ethical realm despite the limits of postmodernism. In other words, I try to walk a tightrope that spans the abyss between absolutism and relativism. As Bauman so eloquently says: ...

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7 Cultural Changes: Agenda Setting

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pp. 119-130

In order to ascribe responsibility to members of the technoscientific community or to particular groups of leaders (political, military, or academic) or to the (voting and nonvoting) public at large, it may be helpful to rethink the notion of responsibility in its legal setting. ...

References

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pp. 131-136

Index

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pp. 137-140