The further Western society gets temporally
from the Enlightenment, the less frequently we address the cultural
issues of our day in the contexts of those political theories
that undergird our civilization. The turn of the 19th, 20th,
and 21st centuries each found our addressing a dramatically
increase of the influence of technology in the marketplace,
and each era witnessed a redoubled tension between political
or economic self-interest and the everyday dignity of individual
A modern example of this tension can be
found in the health sciences. Biology today, like the physics
of a few decades ago, is experiencing a fundamental revolution.
The two most significant achievements of that last century were
the splitting of the atom and the unraveling of the double helix
of DNA. Molecular biologists now have their hands on the blueprints
of life itself, with goals to understand how it is constructed.
The Human Genome
Fiction as Social Science Discourse
and Preliminary Reading List
Bibliography: Research Readings
Bibliography: Preliminary Reading List
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