Looking for a Fight: Is There a Republican War on Science?

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“Man, you guys worked me hard …”—Chris Mooney

From stem cell research to intelligent design to global warming, political conflict over science is heating up.

In his 2005 bestseller, The Republican War on Science, journalist Chris Mooney made the case that, again and again, even overwhelming scientific consensus has met immovable political obstacles. And, again and again, those obstacles have arisen on the right—from the Bush administration, from coalitions of Republicans and from individually powerful Republicans. As the new paperback edition announces, Mooney’s book, “brings this whole story together for the first time, weaving the disparate strands of the attack on science into a compelling and frightening account of our government’s increasing unwillingness to distinguish between legitimate research and ideologically driven pseudoscience.”

Looking for a Fight: Is There a Republican War on Science? started life as a ‘book event’—an online, roundtable-style critical symposium on Mooney’s work, hosted at Crooked Timber (crookedtimber.org). Eight contributors offered reviews, discussion and critical commentary. And Mooney responded to his critics. Now the event is a book, available here in print for the first time and online (for free download at parlorpress.com).


JOHN QUIGGIN is a Federation Fellow in economics and political science at the University of Queensland. He is prominent both as an academic economist and as a commentator on public policy.

HENRY FARRELL is assistant professor in the Center for International Science and Technology Policy of the Elliott School of International Affairs, and the Department of Political Science at George Washington University.

TED BARLOW is a litigation consultant. He lives in Houston, TX with his fiancée and their crime-fighting dog.

DANIEL DAVIES began his career at the Bank of England and has been an analyst and stockbroker for ten years. He is a business school graduate, although not strictly a MBA, because there was an MSc in Finance qualification which was substantially cheaper.

JOHN HOLBO is an assistant professor of philosophy at the National University of Singapore.

TIM LAMBERT is a computer scientist at the University of New South Wales.

STEVE FULLER is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. He is associated with the research programme of ‘social epistemology’, the name of the journal he founded in 1987 and the first of his twelve books, the latest of which are The Philosophy of Science and Technology Studies (Routledge, 2006) and The New Sociological Imagination (Sage, 2006).

KIERAN HEALY is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Arizona. His new book is Last Best Gifts: Altruism and the Market for Human Blood and Organs (University of Chicago, 2006)

CHRIS MOONEY – in addition to being the author of The Republican War on Science – is the Washington correspondent for Seed magazine and a senior correspondent for the American Prospect magazine.


1 Republican War on Science: Introduction to a Seminar
John Quiggin

2 The Republican War on Science
Henry Farrell

3 War on Science
Ted Barlow

4 Worldwide War on Science
John Quiggin

5 The Stars and Stripes Down to Earth
Daniel Davies

6 Mooney Minus the Polemic?
John Holbo

7 War with the Newts
Henry Farrell

8 The War and the Quarrels
Tim Lambert

9 If There’s a War, Please Direct Me to the Battlefield
Steve Fuller

10 The Revolution Will Not Be Synthesized
Kieran Healy

11 War over Science or War on Science
John Quiggin

12 Man, You Guys Worked Me Hard . . .
Chris Mooney

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