the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the
intact reality of the 20th century.
Science and society have shaped each other
at least since the time of Aristotle, perhaps before. But
never has the interaction been as complex and potentially
explosive as it has in this century, which has seen scientific
progress on every front used in the service of death and destruction
as well as knowledge and growth. Think of nuclear power and
space travel. Think of the struggle for gender equality. Think
of smallpoxand anthrax.
These are the voyages of the
philosophy department, which assisted by some far-thinking
guests will probe the fascinating interface of science
and society in a series of guided readings and discussions
that runs through the academic year, under the rubric The
Social Impact of Science/Social Impacts on Science.
The readings are dense, the topics
rewarding. Here are the texts and discussion leaders:
essay Science and Reflection (1955). Trish Glazebrook,
author of Heideggers Philosophy of Science. November
essay The Discourse of Medicine and Science from
A History of Women in the West. James Skalnik, assistant dean
for academic advising. December 4.
Frank E. Manuels
essay Gods Word and Gods Works, about
Sir Isaac Newton and religion. Koffi Maglo, visiting assistant
professor of philosophy from Togo. January 29.
Science Pure and
Science Applied: Two Studies in the Social Origin of Scientific
Research from Charles Rosenbergs No Other Gods:
Science and American Social Thought (1976). Rosalind Remer,
associate professor of history. February 19.
to Society: The Rise and Fall of Social Darwinism and Eugenics.
Note the text: Edward M. East and Donald F. Jones Inbreeding
and Outbreeding: Their Genetic and Sociological Significance,
1919. Frank Kuserk, professor of biology. March 12.
Four prescient works of
classic science fiction: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.s EPICAC
(1950), Isaac Asimovs The Inevitable Conflict
from I, Robot (1950); Ray Bradburys Then Will
Come the Soft Rains from The Martian Chronicles (1950);
and Aldous Huxleys Brave New World (1932). George Diamond,
professor of English. March 26.
Asimovs essay The
Relativity of Wrong, a historical chronicle of epistemology.
Carl Salter, associate professor of chemistry. April 23.
To reserve a packet of readings:
Mickey Ortiz, Ext. 1417. Information: Amy Baehr, Ext. 7882.
All sessions are at 4 p.m. in the Amrhein Room of the HUB.