As Karl Jaspers noted a half century ago, in The Atom Bomb and the Future of Man, science, technology, and economics have overcome themselves: technical issues have morphed into a series of philosophic questions.

Our growth-oriented, materialist lifestyle, once necessary to lift us out of poverty, not only does not satisfy our most fundamental needs. It now threatens to trivialize (and possibly destroy) us. Academic philosophers have a distinctive set of skills and perspectives to bring to these questions.