(Published on Monday, July 30, 2012)
Some six weeks ago, on May 11, 2012, E-Reads silently published a new book by John Lange, entitled Philosophy and the Challenge of the Future. The 484 page paperback is available through Amazon, while Google Books holds a preview. E-Reads has confirmed that they have no plans for an additional ebook version.
In contrast with Dr. Langes previous book; a scholarly analysis of The Philosophy of Historiography, dealing with the difficulties, problems, and challenges of understanding and writing about the human past; in this new work Dr. Lange tackles more contemporary and controversial subjects such as procreative liberty, cloning, genetic engineering, intelligence and artificial intelligence, artificial life, consciousness; individual, group and species identity, time travel and beauty.
The work is based upon series of lectures Dr. Lange begun in the fall of 2008, consisting of an analysis of philosophical problems raised by the radical changes in society and the sciences. Its primary issues, such topics as personal identity, the nature of the human, and moral agency, were examined with reference to recent developments in culture and technology.
As one of his students remarked:
"Dr. Lange opened my eyes to the world of philosophy. An incredible human being and philosopher. One of the most intelligent entities I have met thus far. He encourages us to be 'inventors and explorers' to question, challenge, and use our minds. If you don't wish to be challenged then you will find his class difficult; open your eyes and minds."
CUNY Queens College website, 2008
The book, indeed, is an eye-opener.
(A review will follow in a week or two.)
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