Eric Cohen


Jewish Conservatism: A Manifesto

The question Norman Podhoretz asked in his 2009 book—Why Are Jews Liberals?—seems only more consequential after President Obama’s two terms in office.

The Spirit of Jewish Conservatism

Both in America and in Israel, the liberal faith of too many Jews has imperiled the Jewish future. Needed is a serious, thoughtful, and authentically Jewish alternative.

In the Shadow of Progress

We live in an age of unprecedented human mastery — over birth and death, body and mind, nature and human nature. In every realm of life, science and technology have brought remarkable advances and improvements: we are healthier, wealthier, and more comfortable than ever before. But our gratitude for the benefits of progress increasingly mixes with concern about the meaning and consequences of our newfound powers.

For the Love of the Game

The Super Bowl is over. March Madness is fast approaching, with NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs close behind. Spring training for the new baseball season has begun. Year after year, season by season, sports fans across the country shift their attentions, polish their loyalties, and renew their hopes: maybe this year, just this once, it […]

The Ends of Science

Whenever I meet with scientists, I’m always struck by their optimism — and their discontent. Mostly they are optimists, excited by the latest findings: the newly isolated gene variant that may help explain schizophrenia, the new telescopic images that reveal the violent births of distant galaxies, the geochemical discoveries that may change our understanding of […]

Unthinkable Thoughts

Annihilation from Within: The Ultimate Threat to Nations by Fred Charles Iklé (Columbia, 142 pp., $24.50) Fear and trembling about the dark side of modern technology have been with us for centuries–from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World to J. Robert Oppenheimer’s atomic remorse. Technology is power, and power is dangerous. The […]

In Whose Image Shall We Die?

The problem of living well with death is central to many of the quandaries of bioethics, from assisted suicide to organ transplants to embryo research. In confronting these very modern medical dilemmas, we need to recover some ancient wisdom about mortality. By considering some of our culture’s paradigmatic images of the good death—the remembered death […]

Stem the Tide

This week, the Senate will take up legislation already passed by the House (H.R. 810) to authorize federal funding for research on embryonic stem cells harvested by destroying human embryos left over in fertility clinics. Since August 2001, under a policy established by President Bush, federally funded research has been limited to embryonic stem cell […]

Stem Cells Without Moral Corruption

For the past few years many of the world’s leading scientists have promoted so-called therapeutic cloning as the most promising way to produce clinically useful, genetically tailored, biologically versatile stem cells. That is why claims by a team of South Korean researchers — one in 2004 that the first cloned human embryo had been produced, […]

ANT-OAR and EPPC

Altered-Nuclear Transfer and Ooctye-Assisted Reprogramming (ANT-OAR) is a proposal for producing pluripotent stem cells without creating and destroying embryos. EPPC has been working with a group of thirty-five scientists, moral philosophers and theologians etc. Backgrounder on Alternative Methods of Obtaining Human Pluripotent Stem Cells Published in 2005, this article gives background information on four possible methods […]