Constitution of Knowledge

June 22, 2021 • #

Jonathan Rauch’s latest book The Constitution of Knowledge just dropped, which sounds sort of like a sequel, or at least a redux of his classic Kindly Inquisitors.

Brookings held a panel on his book’s release with historian Anne Applebaum and novelist Neal Stephenson (yes, that Neal Stephenson). In Constitution he follows up his ideas on liberal science and free speech with further work on institutional decay, social coercion, and disinformation.

I wrote about Kindly Inquisitors and Rauch’s liberal science concept in Res Extensa #9. His work covers critical first principles that we’re gradually navigating away from.