Kurt Vonnegut’s Novel Cat’s Cradle: Science Fiction, Thought, and Ethics.
Wekander Voigt, Mark
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The ethical message of Kurt Vonnegut‟s novel Cat’s Cradle has often been missed by critics who see the novel as infantile satire and not as an analysis of beliefs that prevent us from developing an ethical perspective. The paper focuses on Vonnegut‟s criticism of the belief that science is beyond normal understanding, its emphasis on causal order which leads to determinism, and the deification of science as pure knowledge. As Vonnegut‟s novel points out, these attitudes eliminate the possibility for ethical judgment.