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C. Wright Mills' classic The Sociological Imagination has inspired generations of students to study Sociology. However, the book is nearly half a century old. What would a book address, aiming to attract and inform students in the 21st century? This is the task that Steve Fuller sets himself in this major new invitation to study Sociology. The book: " critically examines the history of the social sciences to discover what the key contributions of Sociology have been and how relevant they remain " demonstrates how biological and sociological themes have been intertwined from the beginning of both disciplines, from the 19th century to the present day " covers virtually all of sociology's classic theorists and themes " provides a glossary of key thinkers and concepts. This book sets the agenda for imagining Sociology in the 21st century and will attract students and professionals alike.
Chapter Twelve: Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash Against Secularism
Understanding the Fundamentalist Backlash Against Secularism
Modern science imperils much less the divine than the human. Empirically speaking, nations traditionally dominated by karmic religious cultures are producing an increasing proportion of the world's scientific knowledge. This is a by-product of a growing middle class in places like India and China, who have aspirations to be players on the world's scientific stage. The significance of this fact should not be underestimated. Perhaps the most resilient vestige of Eurocentrism is the presumption that one must reproduce European cultural history – especially its modern science-religion conflicts – to become truly scientific. This is to commit the genetic fallacy, which consists of confusing what philosophers of science call the ‘context of discovery’ with the ...