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Thursday, June 12, 2008

J. W. N. Watkins on conservatism

Once an hypothesis has somehow got accepted into the body of science it should not be ejected without reason. By analogy, a person's moral standards, and those standards of his society which are not at present under fire, though unjustified, should not be discarded without reason. Here, too, the onus is on the critic and the reformer to give us reasons for modifying them.

(J. W. N. Watkins, "Negative Utilitarianism," The Aristotelian Society, supplementary volume 37 [1963]: 95-114, at 104)

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