Recently I had lunch with Elton Professor of Philosophy Emeritus Richard Schlagel and his wife Jody. Professor Schlagel, with Jody’s support and stylistic critiques, just authored a new book, Seeking the Truth: How Science has Prevailed over the Supernatural World View. This sweeping intellectual history compares the world views of science and religion and traces them back to the ancient Greek philosophers and the early threads of the Judaic and Christian religions. He talks about the origins of today’s science disciplines—chemistry, geology, evolution, physics—and then argues that modern scientific inquiry is clearly a fundamental doctrine underlying democratic societies and an educated citizenry.
Over lunch, the Schlagels and I discussed how Seeking the Truth offers a perspective consistent with the doctrine of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences: An educated individual must have a broad knowledge of the humanities, the arts, the sciences, and the social sciences.
I highly recommend this book and the many others written by our talented faculty.