ON-Lion Letter
From stem-cell research to global warming, human cloning, evolution, and beyond, political debates about science in recent years have fallen into the familiar categories of America’s culture wars.  In Encounter Books' new Imagining the Future:  Science and American DemocracyYuval Levin explores the meaning of science and technology in American politics today.  The science debates, Levin argues, expose the deepest strengths and greatest weaknesses of both the left and the right, and present serious challenges to American democratic self-government.

Levin is the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC) in Washington, D.C.  He directs EPPC's program on Bioethics and American Democracy and is a senior editor of its journal The New Atlantis.  He was an associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President George W. Bush.

In Imagining the Future, Levin asks many questions.  What do arguments about embryos, climate, or the origins of man reveal about contemporary America?  Why do issues involving science seem to divide us along the same fault lines as so many other issues in our political life?  Is science morally neutral, or is it an endeavor filled with moral promise -- and peril?  Are American conservatives really waging war on science?  Is the American left justified in calling itself the party of science?

Most of the science debates, he concludes, are not about particular theories or facts or technologies.  Rather, they come down to a profound dispute between liberals and conservatives about the right way to think about the future.  Science is only one subject of this broader dispute, but today’s science debates can illuminate the contours of our politics and clarify the rift at the heart of our polity.

Encounter Books is an activity of Encounter for Culture and Education, a nonprofit group that is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.  Bradley also supports EPPC.
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