eve and experimental ethics

My google search for “experimental ethics” which i referred to in a previous post turned up mostly references to the “ethics of scientific experimentation”. This is obviously not what i mean by the term, for it refers not to a science of ethics but an ethics of science.

Via Half Awake i did find a talk by Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann about the matter under question. Towards the end of the talk he refers to eve’s eating of the fruit of the tree of good and evil as the first act of “experimental ethics”. Hoffmann interprets Eve’s deed as exactly what any scientist would and should have done (curiosity is, after all, a modern virtue and an ancient vice). What Hoffmann refers to as experimental ethics is at the same time an ethics of experimentation (eve had to decide to “experiment” with the tree or not to) but also real moral science (eve did something in order to find out if it would produce a good or a bad result).

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