Review of Reviews,  2 (1890), 354.

The Responsibility of Leaders of Thought. The Moral of M. Bourget's "Disciple"




Publications abstracted:

Nouvelle Revue


Scientific Practitioners, Experimental Psychology, Experiment, Morality, Anti-Scientism, Darwinism

    This 'shot fired against the scientific school' considers whether a philosopher's 'opinions on the value of psychological experiment' make him responsible when 'his pupil, in the name of psychological study, makes experiments upon himself and the daughter of his employer' which lead to 'dishonour, and finally death, for the girl'. No definitive answer is given to the problem. Concludes that 'the cultivated youth of France [...] will not be taught to forget' the path of 'moral progress [....] by dilettantism, nor scepticism, nor Darwinism, nor determinism'.

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