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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (28 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844652041
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844652044
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,570,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An interesting book with some thought-provoking insights." CHOICE

About the Author

Steve Fuller is Professor of Sociology at University of Warwick.

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The book is indeed about science as an `art of living', not about some sense of the `proper' (i.e. circumscribed) role that science should play in our lives. Fuller is not Mary Midgley or any of the others who wish to limit science to make room for something else.

On the contrary, he appears to believe that science is the natural continuation of the religious impulse. The book's starting quote is from the founder of cybernetics, Norbert Wiener: `Science is a way of life that can flourish only when men are free to have faith'.

The relevant sense of `faith' here is the faith to be bold and to `persevere in the face of adversity' (an old Protestant slogan, apparently). Fuller basically sees a fairly literal view of the Bible as potentially in common cause with `transhumanists' against what some might see as an ungenerous view of Darwin. Whereas Darwin sees us as ultimately stuck in our animal natures, Fuller says science is really about transcending our animal status and ascending to a `view from nowhere'. Darwin was a product of science but Darwin would never have given us science.

This review can't do justice to the complexity and contestability of the argument, but it's clear that Fuller is an `intelligent design theorist' but his view of this movement is much more mind-blowing than that of the run-of-the-mill ID person.

Even if you don't buy the argument in the whole, the parts are by themselves quite thought-provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Science: the art of living 4 Feb. 2013
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Prompt delivery, great condition, excellent content.
I recommend this book for people who want a philosophical take on the contemporary condition of science.
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