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