Eclipse of Morality: Science, State, and Market / Edition 1

Eclipse of Morality: Science, State, and Market / Edition 1

by Lawrence Busch
     
 

Using the works of Bacon, Hobbes, and Adam Smith as well as historical examples drawn from the last two centuries, Busch shows how the ideas initially proposed by these thinkers became reified as scientism, statism, and marketism— systems of belief that a single mode of ordering could solve the riddle of society, and thereby supplant moral

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Using the works of Bacon, Hobbes, and Adam Smith as well as historical examples drawn from the last two centuries, Busch shows how the ideas initially proposed by these thinkers became reified as scientism, statism, and marketism— systems of belief that a single mode of ordering could solve the riddle of society, and thereby supplant moral responsibility.

Busch contrasts this approach with concrete examples of successful attempts to extend democracy into these areas—to create multiple orderings— so that moral responsibility is neither crushingly heavy on individuals nor unbearably light on society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202306223
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
12/31/2000
Series:
Sociological Imagination and Structural Change Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Politics of Science and the Science of Politics1
1Development and the Problem of Order5
Order5
A Digression on Method7
Bacon: Democratic Technocracy9
Hobbes: The Moral Responsibility of the State16
Smith: The Morality of the Marketplace23
Three Paths to Order; Three Paths from Moral Responsibility27
2The Technology of Power and the Power of Technology33
The United States35
The Soviet Union47
From the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution56
Other Nations63
The Critics67
Conclusion: Bacon Lives!67
3The State of the State71
The Colonial Project72
The Oppressive State and the State of Oppression77
Statism with a Democratic Face82
The Rise of the Private State89
The State and the Individual93
4Selling the Market97
The Irish Potato Famine99
The Expansion of Intellectual Property Rights101
Education108
Social Security109
The Return of the State110
5Beyond the Leviathans117
Scientism117
Statism119
Marketism122
Fundamentalism: A Solution?133
Beyond Scientism, Statism, and Marketism135
Of Chickens and Eggs136
6Networks of Democracy147
Politics with a Capital P152
The Workplace156
Science and Technology Choice162
Education168
Health Care173
Arts175
Media176
Family179
Law184
Putting It All Together: Networks of Democracy185
References189
Index207

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