The Place of Normative Ethics Within a Biological Framework

  • Arne Naess


The central question of my paper may be thus formulated: Is there a place for normative ethics within the conceptual framework of biology—the term “biology” taken in a broad sense, as in G. Gaylord Simpson’s view when he says that social science is a branch of biology.


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  1. 6.
    An alternative formalism might be tried out enlarging S. Körner’s approach to “physically effective and independent choices,” p. 216 et seq. in his Experience and Theory, London, 1966.Google Scholar
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    For a more comprehensive treatment of “maze epistemology” see my “Science as Behaviour: Prospects and Limitations of a behavioural Metascience,” in Scientific Psychology, ed. B. B. Wolman, Basic Books,1965, p. 63 et seq.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arne Naess
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  1. 1.University of OsloNorway

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