On Technical, Pragmatic and Ethical Action. A challenge for OR?

  • H. Müller-Merbach


This paper is a plea for comprehensive thinking, comprehensive planning, comprehensive leadership - and comprehensive education. This plea covers three layers,
  1. (i)

    science and the humanities,

  2. (ii)

    the interdependence between technological progress,economic growth, and social change as well as

  3. (iii)

    the unity of technical, pragmatic, and ethical action (according to Kant) — leading to the “diamond of thought” after being extended by a fourth dimension of knowledge, the field of methodology and formal procedures.



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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Müller-Merbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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