The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America

The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America

by Jonathan D. Moreno

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The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America by Jonathan D. Moreno

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year and Scientific American Book Club selection

“Moreno pulls apart the debates on eugenics, abortion, end-of-life decisions, embryonic stem-cell research, reproductive cloning, chimeras and synthetic biology, among others, carefully reassembling what’s at stake for each side. In graceful, sparkling prose, he illuminates intricate threads of history and complex philosophical arguments. . . . Highly recommended for anyone interested in the[se] vital issues.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

We have entered what is called the “biological century” and a new biopolitics has emerged to address the implications for America’s collective value system, our well-being, and ultimately, our future. The Body Politic is the first book to recognize and assess this new force in our political landscape—one that fuels today’s culture wars and has motivated politicians of all stripes to reexamine their platforms. As Moreno explains the most contentious issues, he also offers an engaging history of the intersection between science and democracy in American life, a reasoned (and often surprising) analysis of how different political ideologies view scientific controversies, and a vision for how the new biopolitics can help shape the quality of our lives.

Jonathan D. Moreno is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the editor-in-chief for the Center for American Progress’ online magazine, Science Progress. He divides his time between Philadelphia and Washington, DC.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781934137383
Publisher: Bellevue Literary Press
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Called the “most interesting bioethicist of our time” by the American Journal of Bioethics, Jonathan D. Moreno has served as a senior staff member for three presidential advisory commissions, as well as on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bioethics Advisory Board for the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative. Author and editor of many seminal books and articles on science and science policy, he is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the editor-in-chief for the Center for American Progress’ online magazine, Science Progress.

Table of Contents

The Body Politic:

America's Struggle for Control Over Science

Table of Contents:

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Who Owns Science?

One: Science in America

Two: The Politics of Heredity

Three: Dangerous Ideas

Four: The Stem Cell Debate

Five: Valuing Humanity

Six: Crossing Lines

Seven: In Defense of “Progress”

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