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Charles T. Rubin

Contributing Editor

Charles T. RubinCharles T. Rubin is a New Atlantis contributing editor and the author of the book Eclipse of Man: Human Extinction and the Meaning of Progress, published in 2014 by New Atlantis Books. He is also of the authors of the blog Futurisms.

As professor of political science and the Marie-Clement Rodier, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair at Duquesne University, Mr. Rubin teaches courses in political philosophy and about the normative aspects of policymaking. His current research and publications focus on emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, and those who believe they will allow the redesign of humanity. His previous work has focused on the political theory of environmentalism and urban planning, and issues in science, technology, and policy. He also writes on literature and politics.

In addition to Eclipse of Man, Mr. Rubin is the author of The Green Crusade: Rethinking the Roots of Environmentalism (1994) and editor of Conservation Reconsidered: Nature, Virtue and American Liberal Democracy (2000) both published by Rowman and Littlefield.

He can be reached at

In The New Atlantis

Robotic Souls

Number 57 ~ Winter 2019

On the Shelf

Number 52 ~ Spring 2017

Mind Games

Number 51 ~ Winter 2017

The Golem and the Limits of Artifice

Number 39 ~ Summer 2013

Machine Morality and Human Responsibility

Number 32 ~ Summer 2011

Artful by Nature

Number 27 ~ Spring 2010

Plato in Space

Number 25 ~ Summer 2009

Beyond Mankind

Number 22 ~ Fall 2008

Thumos in Space

Number 18 ~ Fall 2007

The God Meme

Number 12 ~ Spring 2006

Visions of the Future; The Turing Test

Number 12 ~ Spring 2006

The Rhetoric of Extinction

Number 11 ~ Winter 2006

Daedalus and Icarus Revisited

Number 8 ~ Spring 2005

Man or Machine?

Number 4 ~ Winter 2004

Artificial Intelligence and Human Nature

Number 1 ~ Spring 2003


  • The Green Crusade: Rethinking the Roots of Environmentalism (Rowman and Littlefield, 1994)
  • Conservation Reconsidered: Nature, Virtue and American Liberal Democracy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000)
  • The Quest for Justice: Readings in Political Ethics, edited with Leslie G. Rubin (Ginn/Simon & Schuster, 1992)

  • Other Publications

  • “Reading Rachel Carson,”, September 27, 2012
  • “Postmodernism, Autonomy and Bioethical Boundaries,” The Good Society, 2010
  • “What is the Good of Transhumanism?,” in Medical Enhancement and Posthumanity (Springer Netherlands, 2009)
  • “Commentary on Bostrom,” in Human Dignity and Bioethics (President’s Council on Bioethics, 2008)
  • “Human Dignity and the Future of Man,” in Human Dignity and Bioethics (President’s Council on Bioethics, 2008)
  • “Why Be Human?,” Online Lecture: Listening to Words, April 24, 2007
  • “What Should Be Done: Revolutionary Technology and the Problem of Perpetuation in Neal Stephenson’s The Diamond Age,” Perspectives on Political Science, Summer 2006
  • “Our Bodies, Ourselves,” First Things, June-July 2006
  • “Shoreless Ocean, Sunless Sea: Henry Adams’s Democracy,” Challenges to the American Founding: Slavery, Historicism, and Progressivism in the Nineteenth Century, Ronald J. Pestritto and Thomas G. West, eds. (Lexington Books, 2004)
  • “Review of Harvard and the Unabomber: The Education of an American Terrorist,” Academic Questions, September 2003
  • “Civic Environmentalism: Developing a Research and Action Agenda,” George C. Marshall Institute, June 30, 2003
  • “Conquering Mind and the End of Humanity: Prospects for a Robotic Future,” Perspectives on Political Science, Spring 2003
  • “Flannery O’Connor’s Religious Vision of Regime Change,” Perspectives on Political Science, Fall 2002 (with Leslie G. Rubin)
  • “Civic Environmentalism: A New Approach to Policy,” George C. Marshall Institute, December 15, 2001
  • “The Principle of Compromise,” George C. Marshall Institute, May 15, 2001
  • “Review of Science Wars,” Academic Questions, June 1998
  • “The Troubled Relationship Between Science and Policy,” Lecture Notes: George Marshall Institute Washington Roundtable, January 15, 1997
  • “The ‘L’ Paradox,” Searchlites, Spring 1996
  • “Environmentalism, Constitutionalism, and the Public Good,” On Principle, October 1996
  • “How Many People Can The Earth Support?” Commentary, August 1996
  • “A Proper Role and Realistic Expectations for Science,” Academic Questions, September 1995
  • “Managing the Planet: The Politics of ‘The Environment,’” in Creation at Risk: Religion, Science, and Environmentalism (ISI Books, 1995)
  • “State of the Art Called American Government,” Society, September 1990