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Stuck With Virtue (Religion and Contemporary Culture) [Hardcover]

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Cloning, gene therapy, stem-cell harvesting---are we on the path to a Huxley-like Brave New World? Not really, argues political philosopher and Kass Commission member Peter Augustine Lawler in Stuck with Virtue: The American Individual and Our Biotechnological Future, even as he admits that we will likely become more obsessive and anxious and will be subjected to new forms of tyranny. Rather, he contends, human nature is such that the biotechnological world to come, despite the best efforts of its proponents, will still fail to make it possible to feel good without being good. It will be harder, Lawler warns, to be virtuous in the future, because we will be more detached than ever from the natural sources of happiness. But we may take some solace in the fact that virtue will still be the best way to live well with what we really know.
With irony and wit, Lawler delivers the good news about the future of the American individual: We're going to remain free, because the modern effort to make increasingly individualistic human beings at home with themselves and their environments through technological progress cannot succeed. That is the truth and promise, concludes Lawler, of a genuinely postmodern conservatism.

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Pages   262
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN  1932236848  
ISBN13  9781932236842  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Augustine Lawler is Dana Professor of Government at Berry College. He is editor of the acclaimed scholarly quarterly Perspectives in Political Science, served on President Bush s Council of Bioethics, and was a recipient of the Weaver Prize in Scholarly Letters. He is author or editor of 18 books and well over 200 articles in a wide variety of venues.


Peter Augustine Lawler currently resides in the state of Georgia. Peter Augustine Lawler was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Berry College Berry College, USA Berry College, USA Berry College Berr.

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A Brave New World of horror?  Apr 25, 2006
With all the talk about human enhancements, cloning, and gene alterations, are we heading for a Brave New World of horror? Plenty of science fiction stories would have you think so - but not political philosophy scholar Peter Lawler in STUCK WITH VIRTUE: THE AMERICAN INDIVIDUAL AND OUR BIOTECHNOLOGY FUTURE. His contention is that, quite the opposite, mankind's own libertarian principles will lend to tyranny, not biological experimentation - and he maintains that the human ability to different between feeling good and being good will remain as a stop gate to biotechnology's fast pace. An intriguing discussion.
A Thoughtful Analysis of Biotechnology  Dec 29, 2005
This book is the best philosophical discussion of biotechnology that I have read to date. Not only does it avoid the utopian views of some authors, it is also not littered with footnotes and statistics. Addressing such issues as eugenics, genetic engineering, religion, and caring for the elderly, political theorist Peter Augustine Lawler delivers a concise yet deep book.

For those of you who have read Lawler before, you will find much of the same in terms of the authors, philosophers, and social critics he typically alludes to and quotes. At one time or another, he mentions Locke, Tocqueville, Francis Fukuyama, Richard Rorty, Allen Bloom, Walker Percy, and Tom Wolfe. Nonetheless, many new thinkers appear, particularly ones who have written books in the last five years, such as David Brooks or Virginia Postrel. Once again, Lawler delivers solid, understandable social commentary intertwined with his unique dry humor.

Nonetheless, I think this book is better than his previous works for two reasons. First, most of the chapters stand alone. If you are only interested in certain topics, you may read the introduction, the first two chapters, and whatever other chapters you desire to read. Second, Lawler uses endnotes sparingly, yielding a neater text while still referencing his fellow thinkers.

If you have not read Lawler before, I would recommend starting with this book. I think it is more accessible than Aliens in America or Postmodernism Rightly Understood, and if you have not read much by the authors and philosophers Lawler frequently references, you will not be as hindered in reading this book as you will be in the others.

In conclusion, if you are intertested in biotechnology and you have read some other works on it or you have read at least two or three of the authors Lawler quotes, you will probably enjoy Stuck With Virtue. If you have enjoyed previous books by Lawler, you will definitely enjoy this one.
Loads of fun to read  Dec 7, 2005
This book is pretty deep in some ways, but it's always entertaining. Show your class by giving it to all your friends
and relatives for Christmas!

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