The Disunity of American Culture: Science, Religion, Technology and the Secular State (Hardback)
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The Disunity of American Culture: Science, Religion, Technology and the Secular State (Hardback)

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The Disunity of American Culture describes culture now, when different forces are influencing it than in the past, altering it to near incomprehensibility. Identity issues have an effect on culture and politics; more influential is the question of what support the state is obligated to provide the individual. John C. Caiazza seeks to explain how this situation came to be.

He begins with an explanation of the origins of Protestantism in America. Caiazza describes how the American religion has declined and the recent responses the decline has provoked. Caiazza follows with an analysis of science as it presently exists in American culture. The work of three scientists prominent in their respective fields-Steven Weinberg in physics, E. O. Wilson in biology, and Stanley Milgram in psychology-are examined with respect to how their work has influenced culture.

The author examines the failure of America's school of philosophy, pragmatism, to explain the relationship between religion, science, and general culture, even though its founders, Charles S. Peirce and William James, made serious efforts to do so. He concludes by making the case that there is a contradiction between scientific reason and the claim of state power. Caiazza argues that cultural disharmony will guarantee that the secular state never achieves the dominance over culture and political life it desires.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
ISBN: 9781412851688
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 499 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"John Caiazza provides us with a comprehensive, well-researched, and well-written account of a new form of secularism that has emerged in American culture in the aftermath of the contentious debates involving science vs. religion in the twentieth century. His description of this new 'techno-secularism' is both provocative and worthy of careful analysis. Regardless of whether one agrees with Dr. Caiazza's conclusions, the reader will no doubt find his text to be lucid, informative, and very well argued."

--Herman T. Tavani, professor emeritus of philosophy, RivierUniversity


"John Caiazza provides us with a comprehensive, well-researched, and well-written account of a new form of secularism that has emerged in American culture in the aftermath of the contentious debates involving science vs. religion in the twentieth century. His description of this new 'techno-secularism' is both provocative and worthy of careful analysis. Regardless of whether one agrees with Dr. Caiazza's conclusions, the reader will no doubt find his text to be lucid, informative, and very well argued."

--Herman T. Tavani, professor emeritus of philosophy, Rivier University


"The Disunity of American Culture is the most difficult book I have ever tried to review. Every chapter of this work is packed with so much fascinating information that each would warrant a complete review of its' own. Caiazza's book offers the most complete history of religion, science, technology, education, atheism, stem-cell research, sexuality, movers and shakers of history, and philosophy ever compiled so effectively in one (277 page) volume. . . . Caiazza's book is in no way one-sided. He gives expert scholarly analysis of every issue involved in bringing us to The Disunity of America."

--Rev. Austin Miles, RenewAmerica.com

"John Caiazza provides us with a comprehensive, well-researched, and well-written account of a new form of secularism that has emerged in American culture in the aftermath of the contentious debates involving science vs. religion in the twentieth century. His description of this new 'techno-secularism' is both provocative and worthy of careful analysis. Regardless of whether one agrees with Dr. Caiazza's conclusions, the reader will no doubt find his text to be lucid, informative, and very well argued."

--Herman T. Tavani, professor emeritus of philosophy, Rivier University


"The Disunity of American Culture is the most difficult book I have ever tried to review. Every chapter of this work is packed with so much fascinating information that each would warrant a complete review of its' own. Caiazza's book offers the most complete history of religion, science, technology, education, atheism, stem-cell research, sexuality, movers and shakers of history, and philosophy ever compiled so effectively in one (277 page) volume. . . . Caiazza's book is in no way one-sided. He gives expert scholarly analysis of every issue involved in bringing us to The Disunity of America."

--Rev. Austin Miles, RenewAmerica.com

"John Caiazza provides us with a comprehensive, well-researched, and well-written account of a new form of secularism that has emerged in American culture in the aftermath of the contentious debates involving science vs. religion in the twentieth century. His description of this new 'techno-secularism' is both provocative and worthy of careful analysis. Regardless of whether one agrees with Dr. Caiazza's conclusions, the reader will no doubt find his text to be lucid, informative, and very well argued."

--Herman T. Tavani, professor emeritus of philosophy, Rivier University


-The Disunity of American Culture is the most difficult book I have ever tried to review. Every chapter of this work is packed with so much fascinating information that each would warrant a complete review of its' own. Caiazza's book offers the most complete history of religion, science, technology, education, atheism, stem-cell research, sexuality, movers and shakers of history, and philosophy ever compiled so effectively in one (277 page) volume. . . . Caiazza's book is in no way one-sided. He gives expert scholarly analysis of every issue involved in bringing us to The Disunity of America.-

--Rev. Austin Miles, RenewAmerica.com

-John Caiazza provides us with a comprehensive, well-researched, and well-written account of a new form of secularism that has emerged in American culture in the aftermath of the contentious debates involving science vs. religion in the twentieth century. His description of this new 'techno-secularism' is both provocative and worthy of careful analysis. Regardless of whether one agrees with Dr. Caiazza's conclusions, the reader will no doubt find his text to be lucid, informative, and very well argued.-

--Herman T. Tavani, professor emeritus of philosophy, Rivier University

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