Eclipse of Morality: Science, State, and Market

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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.

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“This book examines problems of modern social order and morality in three institutional spheres: science, the state, and the market. It traces the evolution of ideas in these spheres by focusing on the works of Bacon, Hobbes, and Smith, as well as some of their intellectual heirs.” —Paul S. Gray, Contemporary Sociology
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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Politics of Science and the Science of Politics 1
1 Development and the Problem of Order 5
Order 5
A Digression on Method 7
Bacon: Democratic Technocracy 9
Hobbes: The Moral Responsibility of the State 16
Smith: The Morality of the Marketplace 23
Three Paths to Order; Three Paths from Moral Responsibility 27
2 The Technology of Power and the Power of Technology 33
The United States 35
The Soviet Union 47
From the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution 56
Other Nations 63
The Critics 67
Conclusion: Bacon Lives! 67
3 The State of the State 71
The Colonial Project 72
The Oppressive State and the State of Oppression 77
Statism with a Democratic Face 82
The Rise of the Private State 89
The State and the Individual 93
4 Selling the Market 97
The Irish Potato Famine 99
The Expansion of Intellectual Property Rights 101
Education 108
Social Security 109
The Return of the State 110
5 Beyond the Leviathans 117
Scientism 117
Statism 119
Marketism 122
Fundamentalism: A Solution? 133
Beyond Scientism, Statism, and Marketism 135
Of Chickens and Eggs 136
6 Networks of Democracy 147
Politics with a Capital P 152
The Workplace 156
Science and Technology Choice 162
Education 168
Health Care 173
Arts 175
Media 176
Family 179
Law 184
Putting It All Together: Networks of Democracy 185
References 189
Index 207
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