Intellectual activity in the twentieth century took place largely under the banner of science and society. As the new millennium develops, it is becoming evident that science and society are t words that represent an unmitigated good, r for that matter, do they exhaust what is new in the human condition. Past writing on the theme of culture has emphasized the growth and expansion of human capabilities. Recent use of the term civilization has placed great emphasis on the fall from grace of human beings. The use of both terms is rapidly changing. Culture and Civilization develops critical ideas intended to produce a positive intellectual climate, one that is prepared to confront threats, and alert us to the opportunities of the twenty-first century. It recognizes that the twenty-first century presents people in all fields and of all faiths with shared challenges. Culture and Civilization embraces the work of velists, journalists, cultural figures, techlogists, physical sciences, historians, and policy personnel who range beyond social science areas. What they have in common is a view that civilization is under assault and that it represents a cause worth advancing and defending. This publication does t embrace idiosyncratic visions of the clash of world civilizations or the end of Western civilization. It does attempt to bring together immediate issues of the century that are substantially new and challenging. We see that the essential polarity between democracy and autocracy has w taken on larger, deeper dimensions in a different political, ecomic, and ecological terrain: the central issue of our day is w civilization versus barbarism. The character of democratic culture is central to the global equation and the systemic challenge. This publication is a sober response to such a challenge.
Contributors to this inaugural volume include Christina Hoff Sommers, George Michael, Katherine Hirschfeld, Daniel B. Klein and Charlotta Stern, Keith Windschuttle, Robert L. Bradley, Jr., Paul Johnson, Peter Milward, Irving Louis Horowitz, James D. Wright and Nicholas E. Libby, Athena Leoussi, Michael Novak, Michael Crichton, Samuel Totten, Howard G. Schneiderman, and Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. The publication is edited by Irving Louis Horowitz.