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On November 20 1973 Julius Stone presented the tenth annual Mooers Lecture, entitled, "Knowledge, Survival, and The Duties of Science", at American University in Washington, D.C.' The central question and theses which he propounded then, could and indeed, should be raised anew today - for they form the very core of the province and function of law, science and medicine in our brave new world of today and tomorrow and they point also to the leeways of choice and patterns of discourse that exist in grappling with this central issue and possibly forging a consensus opinion for a subsequent course of action. This, then, is the task of this article; namely, to test, to probe anew and thereby critically analyse the modern significance of Julius Stone's theses regarding the social responsibility of scientific inquiry.



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