Ethical Adaptation to Climate Change: Human Virtues of the Future co-edited by Jeremy Bendik–Keymer, PhD, the Elmer G. Beamer– Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics (MIT Press, paperpack, $26) Bendik–Keymer argues the challenge of adapting to climate change is fundamentally an ethical issue—a matter of adapting ourselves to realities of a new global climate. Topics discussed include historical fidelity in ecological restoration; the application of capability theory to ecology; the questionable ethics of geoengineering; and the cognitive transformation required to “think like a planet.” Get the book.
A Gift for My Sister by Ann Pearlman (SAS ’66) (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, hardcover, $29.99) When a series of tragedies strikes, sisters Tara and Sky must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes and demons of the past. Forced to take a walk in the other’s shoes and examine what sisterhood really means, it’s a long road to understanding, and everyone who knows them hopes these two sisters can find a way back to each other. Get the book.
Party Girls by Diane Goodman, PhD (GRS ’89) (Autumn House Press, paperback, $17.95) Through short stories, Goodman explores community, class and culture through the allure of the party—the desire to throw one, the work it takes to pull it off, and the surprising and sometimes devastating ways seemingly lighthearted events can alter the lives of the people who attend them. The stories explore the emotional issues that ultimately derail best intentions, leaving readers to ask, “What do people want from each other?” Get the book.
Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of Genetic Engineering by Maxwell J. Mehlman, JD, professor of law and bioethics (Johns Hopkins University Press, hardcover, $29.99) Transhumanists advocate the use of technologies that will enhance human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities, and even eliminate aging. Considering the promises and perils of using genetic engineering to direct the course of human evolution, Mehlman explains the practice could become a reality sooner than many think and recommends how to balance innovation with caution. Get the book.
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