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Science in Being

Research and the Liberal University
  • N. Metropolis
  • Gian-Carlo Rota
  • David Sharp
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer

Abstract

the role of research in the liberal university I take as a serious subject, which is in fact closely related to the theme of what the possibilities are, what the future is, what the responsibility is in regard to the varied and rich traditions of the United States. I take that view, though I am not sure that I will be able to make it fully clear—I am not even sure that it is quite clear to me—at least in part because it seems to me that the only way to think of research is as science in being, science in becoming, science as it is: an activity rather than a codified result of an activity. When we look at the world today we see what profound, deep, far-reaching changes science has made. Some of these changes are in the conditions of man’s life; many of them are in the alteration of the way in which moral problems come to die individual, come to the community of individuals banded together in government. As a trivial example of this, slavery and poverty did not appear to Greek civilization as the same kind of moral problem that they appear to us. They did not appear as evils because it was not clear that it lay within the power of man to abate them without a sacrifice of everything else.

Keywords

General Education Liberal Education Moral Problem Spiritual Life Intellectual Life 
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© Birkhäuser Boston 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Metropolis
  • Gian-Carlo Rota
  • David Sharp
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer

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