Paul Nedelisky is an Assistant Director and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. He is the co-author with James Davison Hunter of Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality.
Quantification is more than merely a means of communication and persuasion in a fragmented culture.
Empirical verifiability is great when you can get it. But the worry here is what might happen to our self-understanding as human beings if we become willing to trade in an understanding of a rich and meaning-laden feature of our nature for, well, something we can share with a rat.