John Passmore Quotes

The Spanish Inquisition sought to avoid direct responsibility for the burning of heretics by handing them over to the secular arm; to burn them itself, it piously explained, would be wholly inconsistent with its Christian principles. Few of us would allow the Inquisition thus easily to wipe its hands clean of bloodshed; it knew quite well what would happen. Equally, where the technological application of scientific discoveries is clear and obvious — as when a scientist works on nerve gases — he cannot properly claim that such applications are "none of his business," merely on the ground that it is the military forces, not scientists, who use the gases to disable or kill.




John Passmore, 1914–2004, Australian Philosopher, The Perfectibility of Man, 1971

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  • Born: September 9, 1914
  • Died: July 25, 2004
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John Passmore AC was an Australian philosopher.

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