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New Atlantis Books 

Our book series, jointly produced with Encounter Books, offers titles that explore the political challenges and possibilities, the moral meaning, and the cultural significance of modern science and technology.

 

Eclipse of Man
Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress

By Charles T. Rubin

It can be difficult to know what transhumanism amounts to — a worldview, a movement, or some combination — but it cannot simply be dismissed as irrelevant. Transhumanists argue that modern science and technology are giving human beings the power to redesign the human species, and indeed that we must do so. Charles T. Rubin examines the intellectual predecessors of transhumanism, and reveals how the rush troward a posthuman destiny amounts to an ideology of human extinction.     READ MORE


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Why Place Matters
Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America

Edited by Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister

Contemporary American society, with its emphasis on mobility and economic progress, all too often loses sight of the importance of a sense of “place” and community. Appreciating place is essential for building the strong local communities that cultivate civic engagement, public leadership, and many of the other goods that contribute to a flourishing human life. This anthology brings together an array of distinguished scholars — historians, philosophers, geographers, urban planners, and others — to explore the problems of place and placelessness in American society.   READ MORE

Merchants of Despair
Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism

By Robert Zubrin

There was a time when humanity looked in the mirror and saw something precious, worth protecting and fighting for — indeed, worth liberating. But now we are beset on all sides by propaganda promoting a radically different viewpoint. According to this idea, human beings are a cancer upon the Earth, a species whose aspirations and appetites are endangering the natural order. This is the core of antihumanism. Robert Zubrin traces the pedigree of this ideology and exposes its deadly consequences in startling and horrifying detail.   READ MORE

 

Neither Beast nor God
The Dignity of the Human Person

By Gilbert Meilaender

Appeals to human dignity are at the core of many of the most contentious social and political issues of our time. But these appeals suggest different and at times even contradictory ways of understanding the term. Theologian and bioethicist Gilbert Meilaender elaborates the philosophical, theological, and political implications of the question of dignity, and suggests a path through the thicket.  READ MORE

 

Imagining the Future
Science and American Democracy

By Yuval Levin

From stem cell research to global warming, human cloning, evolution, and beyond, the science debates are not exactly about science, but come down to a dispute between liberals and conservatives about the right way to think about the future. Properly understood — which they have not been lately — those debates may powerfully clarify the contours of our politics and the deepest meaning of scientific progress. READ MORE

 

In the Shadow of Progress
Being Human in the Age of Technology

By Eric Cohen

A deep and lively reflection on the moral challenges of the technological age. Eric Cohen, a leading voice in America’s bioethics debates and the founding editor of The New Atlantis, offers a tour of the complex dilemmas at the intersection of science and morality, moving seamlessly from contemporary subjects like stem cells and evolution to classic texts like the Hebrew Bible and Francis Bacon’s “New Atlantis.”
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