By Richard Mason
In 1942, J. Robert Oppenheimer authorized the management of the ny undertaking on the Los Alamos Laboratory, which produced the 1st atomic bomb 3 years later. This booklet examines the ethics of Oppenheimer’s option to take that task and our judgment of his recognition, resulting in the bigger query of the which means of ethical judgment itself. via an research of Oppenheimer’s selection, Richard Mason explores questions of accountability, the justification for the pursuit of medical interest, the purity of analysis, and plenty of different themes of curiosity in clinical ethics. This exact examine one man’s selection brings out the mandatory step from own aspect to summary reflection—it can be effortless to compliment or condemn Oppenheimer’s selection, yet much less effortless to justify our compliment or condemnation. Oppenheimer’s selection establishes the potential for this sort of ethical philosophy—neither “applied” nor “practical” ethics, yet in its place a sustained focus on a unmarried selection, and what it means.
Richard Mason (1948–2006) was once a Fellow of Wolfson collage at Cambridge. he's the writer of knowing realizing and prior to good judgment, either additionally released by way of SUNY Press, and The God of Spinoza.
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Oppenheimer's Choice: Reflections from Moral Philosophy (SUNY Series in Philosophy) by Richard Mason