RECLAIMING THE ‘SCIENCE’ IN MORAL SCIENCE [An episodic essay]
Laws made in one time period for a particular society or under certain conditions cannot hold good for all time, for all societies and across all conditions. Even foundational propositions, therefore, are susceptible to, and have been subject to, paradigm shifts. While change, it would seem, is likely to prevail even over first principles, there is yet a sense of continuity that we experience, which helps us transcend the ages and re-imagine the distant past and look far into the future. What is this something that is even more fundamental than change itself, an urgrund that even change cannot reach? Something so primal that it is universal and abiding across time and space?