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Theology and Biotechnology

I’m very recently back from a very high-level conference at BYU on a bold, deep, timely, and original forthcoming book in MY ISI Religion and Culture Series--Richard Sherlock’s NATURE’S END: THE THEOLOGICAL MEANING OF THE NEW GENETICS. I’m too lazy to link the amazon page, but you will notice that you can buy the paperback for $10.20 there. That’s probably the best word per buck (and certainly thought per buck) deal among serious books on the web. I spoke on "Stuck with Virtue and Stuck with Technology" and Susan Shell from Boston College spoke on Kant and biotethics. Susan made Kant sound so insightfully EMPIRICAL that I had to work hard not to convert to Kantianism. Meanwhile, various brilliant and articulate Mormon scholars showed me what friendly and spirited discussions about faith seeking understanding should always be like. Thanks to Ralph Hancock for putting this wonderful event together.

Addendum: Here’s the link to Nature’s End.

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That is a good deal...I haven't read it as carefully as it deserves but carefully enough to know it merits another go.

My mistake...confused that with another book.Reading quickly and carelessly on a blackberry in the back of a cab

I have a ton of respect for Shells work precisely because she may be the only one who makes Kants often painfully abstract moral anthropology seem empirical...nevertheless I'm not buying it.

Peter, thanks for the book recommendation, thanks for the conference report. I've ordered the book. And Susan's been altering, correcting, my longtime view of Kant. Although I, too, still believe that he's deeply problematic, flawed, and misguided. Mainly because of a very skewed understanding of "Reason."

Another really fascinating attempt to bring out the best in Kant is Richard Velkey's Being After Rousseau (which also provides excellent and short interpretations of Rousseau and Schelling).

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