Natural Science/Environment

Liberty in the Scientific Enlightenment


The question for this Socratic seminar was whether the modern scientific conception of the natural order in the universe and of human nature within that order supports the moral case for liberty. This question was explored through a reading of Edward O. Wilson’s Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge, a survey of modern science that argues for the scientific unification of all knowledge.


Conference Readings

Wilson, Edward O.. Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge. New York: Vintage Books, 1998.