Perfect knowledge is a chimera; imperfect knowledge our timeless condition. Still, there are vast differences in degree of imperfection, since we can build bridges, confident that they will not fall, and construct chemical plants, confident that they will produce the compounds intended; yet we are unable to design a program for the alleviation of poverty with any confidence that it will reach the goal we set.


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© The Hastings Center 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas H. Murray
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  1. 1.Institute of Society, Ethics and the Life SciencesThe Hastings CenterHastings-on-HudsonUSA

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