Articles of interest
17th May 2023
Book in Focus
Reinventing Society with Philosophy, Religion, and Science
Edited by Neil Wollman and Carolyn J. Love
In our rapidly changing world, social institutions—such as education, social welfare, government, criminal justice, and the economy—need transformation. A wealth of theoretical and empirical knowledge has not been harnessed for the better in our world, especially in a way that practitioners can identify with and utilize. One reviewer said, “It couldn’t come at a better time, given the challenges we are currently facing in these social institutions” (Bobby Vassar, Virginia former cabinet official and congressional Chief Counsel).
This book examines what a society would look like if it combined philosophical principles, religious tenets, and the latest social and scientific research in forging practical suggestions for people in the field. The contributors apply their knowledge practically, making this book accessible and valuable to practitioners such as teachers, police officers, social workers, economists, and legislators. Professors and students will find a real-world application of their subjects in this book. Those who think in “big picture” terms about society, as well as those who have a general interest in philosophy, religion, or social science, will find ideas here that will spark their imagination and, perhaps, spur them to action.
Each of the book’s five sections deals with a different social institution and begins with an introduction to the presented philosophical, religious, and social science concepts. This allows readers to see quickly what the book covers and how these topics might apply to their own work or studies. Similarly, chapters contain “Questions to Consider” that help guide the readers in applying the information to their circumstances. They will also help professors and students to envision the lived experiences of the practitioners.
The book gives a blueprint for a more functional society in our challenging and rapidly changing world. Indeed, the hope is to reinvent society by calling upon resources that have not been fully utilized.
Neil Wollman, Ph.D., is former Senior Fellow at Bentley University, USA. Prior to that, he held the position of Professor of Psychology at Manchester University, Indiana, for 20 years. His work includes a book on applying psychological principles to promote peace, and he is Co-founder and former Co-director of the National Prevention Science Coalition, which works with Congress to promote evidence-based policy.
Carolyn J. Love, Ph.D., currently teaches at Elmhurst University, USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Constructive Theology from Loyola University Chicago. Her work bridges the gap between science, theology, and philosophy. She serves as the President of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS), connecting her interest in science, philosophy, and religion.
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