University of California, Berkeley
David Hollinger's science-related engagements focus primarily on the construction and political-cultural uses of theories of science in the United States since the Darwinian controversy. This has been a theme in his Morris R. Cohen and the Scientific Ideal (1975) and Science, Jews, and Secular Culture (1996) and in a number of articles and conference papers. He is currently interested in the ways in which frankly non-scientific and ostensibly scientific conceptions of "race" are competing for attention and being put to a variety of political uses. Professor Hollinger offers several historically based arguments concerning this highly contested and policy-relevant terrain in the Winter 2005 issue of Daedalus in an essay entitled "The One Drop Rule and the One Hate Rule."
last updated: November 8th, 2012