PROFESSOR OF LAW AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
AUTHOR OF “SOUL, SELF, & SOCIETY” AND “THE HEATSTROKE LINE”
Edward Rubin is University Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University. His two latest books – one a science fiction novel and the other a work of social theory – both address contemporary issues, dangers, and opportunities in our society.
Soul, Self, and Society
“Soul, Self, and Society” is as a follow-up of another work by Edward Rubin titled “Beyond Camelot” that explored concepts from our political and legal theory that originated in medieval times. The new book looks into what theorists and commentators belittle as the downward spiral of morality in modern times. The reality is that morality is changing as does every other part of our society. The new morality is decentralized and free of previous generation’s taboos. The new morality focuses on continuing personal fulfillment of smaller worlds – ourselves and our immediate loved ones – as well as our fundamental sense of right and wrong.
The Heatstroke Line
Edward Rubin wrote “The Heatstroke Line” out of a sense of frustration because of the failure of both our society and government to take climate change seriously. “The Heatstroke Line” is a novel, but its insight is about what will happen to our country as the climate continues to change, and tells an action-filled story, but it is also intended as a warning about what actually may happen to our nation if nothing is done to forestall global warming. It depicts a future of devastation – unbearable heat, coastal flooding and various collateral consequences such a crop failure and insect infestation. Under the stress of these condition the nation has broken apart and become impoverished. The book “Heatstroke” stands out from other science fiction novels because it describes a very real, all too near reality that cannot be ignored or wished away. Its purpose is to make us rethink our preconceived notions and take real action now.