, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 411-412
Date: 22 Nov 2012

The Rationality of Values

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In the paper by Adlan and ten Have (2012), an ethical obligation to not tell the truth is argued. The case is wrenching and urgent, for the consequences are dire for the patient, the mother, the father, and a constellation of other people.

It is also challenging for the reader belonging to modern scientific culture in which we have come to take truth as a value in itself, transcultural and imperative. Scientific research claimed to be value-free, that is, ignoring utilitarian, social, and religious values, but affirming the value of truth unconditionally.

Humans do pursue knowledge for itself, and they also work to build and grow plants and other animals, maintain harmonious societies where people can flourish, and produce images, songs, dramas that enchant and ennoble. The pursuit of truth is an instrumental value in the practical and social projects of a society. But every society recognizes that telling the truth to anyone and everyone can be dangerous. Knowledge of some sacred truths ...

The original article by Abdallah A. Adlan and Henk A. M. J. ten Have, published in the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, can be located at DOI 10.1007/s11673-012-9390-y.
This comment refers to the article available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11673-012-9390-y.