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How humanity might avoid devastation

Maxwell, N; (2015) How humanity might avoid devastation. Ethical Record , 120 (1) 18 - 23. Green open access

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Abstract

We face grave global problems. One might think universities are doing all they can to help solve these problems. But universities, in successfully pursuing scientific knowledge and technological know-how in a way that is dissociated from a more fundamental concern with problems of living, have actually made possible the genesis of all our current global problems. Modern science and technology have led to modern industry and agriculture, modern medicine and hygiene, modern armaments, which in turn have led to habitat destruction, extinction of species, population growth, the lethal character of modern war, and the impending disasters of climate change. We urgently need to bring about a revolution in universities so that they put problems of living at the heart of the academic enterprise and take, as their basic task, to help humanity learn how to make progress towards as good a world as possible.

Type: Article
Title: How humanity might avoid devastation
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://conwayhall.org.uk/issue/vol-120-no-1/
Language: English
Keywords: Global problems, The university, Problems of living, Rationality, Science and technology, Social science, Humanities, Education, Global civilization
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1461132
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