The Tyranny of Man the ‘Natural Object’

Daily Dabble in the Classics, C.S. Lewis

It is in Man’s power to treat himself as a mere ‘natural object’ and his judgments of value as raw material for scientific manipulation to alter at will …  The real objection is that if man chooses to treat himself as raw material, raw material he will be: not raw material to be manipulated, as he fondly imagined, by himself, but by mere appetite, that is, mere Nature, in the person of his de-humanized Conditioners … A dogmatic belief in objective value is necessary to the very idea of a rule which is not tyranny or an obedience which is not slavery.

Source: C. S. Lewis, Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English, Cambridge University; from his book, “The Abolition of Man.”

Daily Dabble in the Classics Copyright © 2011 Steve Farrell.

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