What should be the role of scientists in wars to come?
Purpose ‐ The paper seeks to explore the relationship between the state and scientists, specifically regarding the ethical and moral issues of research and development of weapons and military technology. Design/methodology/approach ‐ Using a methodology of experiential reasoning, the author provides numerous examples of the quandary in which modern research finds itself and asks "What choice is the scientist or engineer to make?" Findings ‐ The author's perspective on the past and present symbiosis between science and the military shows, however, the future complexity and subtlety of this relationship. It is one that could have a direct bearing on the future of the human race. Originality/value ‐ For three generations the spectre of nuclear war has been a received idea of such awesome dimensions as to occlude other, perhaps more imminent, menaces. The paper highlights those threats and provides a positive guide for policy makers.
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