The Ethics of the Postmodern Science Play

By David Pasto.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Although science plays depict different scientific fields (physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, etc.), they all depict similar ethical issues related to science. Science plays tend not only to portray scientists and scientific theories, but also to dramatize the ethics of science. This paper will first define the term “science play” and then discuss the ethical issues raised in postmodern science plays. These issues include the obsessive pursuit of science which causes scientists to ignore their families, the competitive nature of scientists, and the effects (both known and unforeseen) of scientific discoveries on society.

Keywords: Theatre, Science Plays, Science, Ethics, Drama

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 10, pp.111-116. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 731.519KB).

Dr. David Pasto

Professor of Theatre, School of Theatre, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, USA

David Pasto has a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. As a Professor of Theatre at Oklahoma City University, he teaches theatre history, dramaturgy, acting, and directing. He has published articles and given presentations on Spanish Golden Age Theatre, as well as publishing his translation of “The House of Trials” by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. He recently created an art-integration course entitled “Science on the Stage,” and has given presentations about the course at conferences at the University of Oxford and in Washington, D.C.


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