Document Type


Citation Information

Please cite to the original publication


My role in this symposium is a modest one: it is to clear the
ring for the feature fight of the program between Dean Brown
and Professor Hartman. I am to sweep away some of the rubbish
in the ring that often gets in the way of a clean battle on issues of
ethics. I think the most serious rubbish that needs to be swept
away is the widely prevailing notion that ethics is something off
in the clouds, or off in some never-never land of Utopia, something
uncertain and subjective, whereas the law is something that is
very definite, clear, hard, here and now. Of course, if that were
true, there would be no point in trying to apply ethical doctrines
to actual cases.

Date of Authorship for this Version



ethics, dispute, law