The Rationality of Values
- Alphonso Lingis
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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
- Adlan, A.A., and H.A.M.J. ten Have. 2012. The dilemma of revealing sensitive information on paternity status in Arabian social and cultural contexts: Telling the truth about paternity in Saudi Arabia. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 9(4). doi:10.1007/s11673-012-9390-y.
- The Rationality of Values
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Volume 9, Issue 4 , pp 411-412
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- Alphonso Lingis (1)
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- 1. Pennsylvania State University, 240 Sparks Building, University Park, PA, 16802, USA