Reclaiming the ‘science’ in Moral Science [an episodic essay]
Once upon a time physical impossibilities are demonstrated to be practically possible: technically, copulation is no longer necessary to populate the world with living animals (or extinct ones). With swathes of humanity surviving on depleting water supplies and contaminated air, the limits of endurance of life are being extended beyond what might have been considered plausible. Nazism and racism were popular and pervasive till they grew into social and political pariahs. Marriage as a convention is becoming irrelevant as parenthood doesn’t have to be linked to it, and this even as same sex marriages are on the rise with marriage becoming a gender-neutral institution. There is sea change too in the way language is formed and used, and knowledge, created and disseminated. Fundamental change, therefore, seems possible in the underlying realities of all that is understood and practiced – indeed of all that is known. It follows, therefore, that that which is central to the science of morals might also allow for and accommodate change.
[More to come in the coming days]