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Has the progress of sciences and arts done more to corrupt morals, or to improve them?

Source: Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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5The progress of sciences and arts has done more to corrupt morals.
6The progress of sciences and arts has done more to improve morals.
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dab
posted 26-Feb-2013 3:13pm  
Neither. Science is orthogonal to morals and art, at most, may reflect morals.
LJD Gold Qualifier
posted 26-Feb-2013 11:12pm  
Corrupt
Lysannus
posted 27-Feb-2013 5:22am  
I choose neither corrupt or improve.
Zang
posted 27-Feb-2013 8:03am  
I'm not sure that the three things are sufficiently related.

Although I think that progress in science is pretty much a given; some (I'm not one of them) might argue that arts haven't progressed. However, my biggest issue with this statement is the idea that morals can be corrupted (or improved) by outside forces. If they can be, (and I'm not convinced this is the case) I suspect we would have to look at much more specific, tangible causes than vague generalisations like "the progress of sciences and arts".
Dino
posted 27-Feb-2013 8:04am  
I don't think one equates to the other. In the medieval days they used to burn women. The assumption is that you cannot have GOD without SCIENCE. This belief is shared by many religious people and scientist alike. Not necessarily true.
My morals are nothing to do with religion and all to do with upbringing.
Irene007 Survey Central Gold Subscriber Bronze Star Survey Creator
posted 27-Feb-2013 2:08pm  
I'd say both and neither. It depends what you think of as moral or immoral.
labjog
posted 27-Feb-2013 11:33pm  
I say neither.
Enheduanna Survey Central Subscriber
posted 28-Feb-2013 11:15am  
On the whole, I think science and art have made us increasingly aware of the interconnectedness and mutual responsibility of humanity, which is definitely an improvement. The attitude toward violence, disease, and death is vastly improved. We have rules for war and there are (at least some) repercussions for violating them. We're also increasingly aware of our responsibility toward the climate and other species.

Some people, in the US at least, are likely to say morals are declining, but I think that's because they focus only on sexual morals. Those have certainly become less restrictive, but that change is also connected to women's liberation and gay rights, which are major boons for those groups.
LindaH Double Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 28-Feb-2013 3:46pm  
Neither.
JessicaWoman99 Triple Gold Star Survey Creator Survey Qualifier
posted 5-Mar-2013 1:02pm  
I do not know
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