The Enlightenment Vision by Stuart Jordan
Science, Reason, and the Promise of a Better Future

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This thought-provoking analysis evaluates the progress that global society has made since the Enlightenment. The author begins by pointing out features of present-day society that are the direct descendants of the Enlightenment's discoveries and advances: our technology, modern medicine, science-based worldview, democratic political institutions, and concepts of human rights are all an outgrowth of the pioneering efforts of Enlightenment reformers.

But along with these benefits, the author notes that we are also the inheritors of some significant problems produced in the wake of these advances; overpopulation, nuclear proliferation, and global climate change are just some of the recent developments that seem to threaten the whole Enlightenment project. Other great concerns include the continuing economic disparity between prosperous and impoverished nations, the persistence of widespread ignorance, and destructive reactionary forces bent on provoking new conflicts.

Despite these and other daunting challenges of the twenty-first century, the author concludes on a cautiously optimistic note, predicting that the Enlightenment vision of prosperity, security, justice, and good health for all will eventually be achieved.

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About Stuart Jordan

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Stuart Jordan (Greenbelt, MD) is a retired senior staff scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and is currently president and board member of the Institute for Science and Human Values. He holds a doctorate in physics and astrophysics and is a Rhodes scholar.
Published January 22, 2013 by Prometheus Books. 286 pages
Genres: Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Jordan, a former NASA physicist and current president of the pioneering Institute for Science and Human Values, makes a scattered collection of arguments on the goals of the Enlightenment and contemporary culture’s inability to live up to them in this thinly researched treatise.

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