Pitfalls in the Pursuit of Knowledge

  • Willard Gaylin
  • Ruth Macklin
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)


Few issues in recent years have so exercised the American public as has violently aggressive behavior. It does not require election rhetoric to document the fact that “crime in the streets” holds a central position in the concerns and consciousness of the average citizen. It dominates the front pages of our daily newspapers and is an omnipresent feature on television’s evening news. All arguments over prisons, incarceration, and concepts of criminal justice are infused with the explicit as well as the implicit sense that we or our children are no longer safe in the public spaces. The wanton and seemingly gratuitous violence that characterizes so much of urban life—exaggerated through fear beyond its actual incidence—has reached a point where chronic anxiety is a constant companion of those who brave the public spaces at night.


Criminal Justice Antisocial Behavior Psychotropic Drug Harvard Medical School Academic Freedom 
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© The Hastings Center 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Willard Gaylin
    • 1
  • Ruth Macklin
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life SciencesThe Hastings CenterHastings-on-HudsonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Community HealthAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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