Value-Considerations in Public Policy Issues of the Year 2000.

by Nicholas H. Rescher

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The list of "Values and Rights" of the Commission on the Year 2000 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is used as a basis for an attempt to isolate and analyze those probable and possible changes in values that policymakers of the future must implement. Some indicative features of this list are the emphasis on social values and virtues of ability and the absence of traditional virtues of character and aesthetics. The greatest knowledge gap, in light of the decline of past value-teaching agencies, is in how to transmit socially beneficent values, complicated by youth's cynicism in regard to adult failure to implement stated values. 14 pp.

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