the moral relations of things.

Category: Education | Type: Historical | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Chapter 2

"Philosophy" included at this time the scientific study of nature (natural philosophy) and moral philosophy, which the OED describes as "the branch of philosophy that deals with right and wrong conduct and with duty and responsibility (formerly sometimes including psychology and metaphysics); ethics." Theology is separate.

Frankenstein and Clerval have divided between them science and ethics. Implicit in the novel is the idea that these two great branches are necessary to one another, the pursuit of the one, but especially of science, to the entire exclusion of the other will result in a critically distorted understanding. 

Apart from the theological restrictions, Frankenstein is not wrong to explore and perhaps to create. But should he not first grasp the "moral relations of things"? 

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