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The Cultural Contradictions of Modern Science

Science has been central to the rise of the modern world. The practices of induction, observation, experimentation, theory testing, and falsification—and the invaluable products of those practices—have all had such profound effects on our culture and our ways of thinking. Yet as much as we have come to rely on it, science, like many other contemporary institutions, has been drawn into our highly politicized culture wars. This issue explores how the cultural contradictions of modern science shape ongoing debates over authority and truth in areas ranging from climate change to morality to the ends and purposes of science itself.

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James Mumford

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James Mumford's research interests include bioethics, political theology and modern Catholic social thought. He taught bioethics in the University of Virginia's philosophy department. His first book, Ethics at the Beginning of Life: A Phenomenological Critique, was published in 2013 by Oxford University Press and was widely reviewed in both religious and philosophical circles. Mumford was an undergraduate at Oxford and a Henry Fellow at Yale. From 2010-13 he worked for leading British political think-tank The Centre for Social Justice....

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