This volume discusses, and manifests, three interrelated perspectives in social theory. First, that all knowledge, including scientific knowledge, is theoretical: there are alternative perspectives, or theories, about any phenomenon. Second, that all knowledge, including scientific knowledge is political: these alternative perspectives are contested, as they are related to different groups with different interests. Third, that all knowledge, including scientific knowledge, is social: alternative perspectives have alternative social causes and alternative social effects.
Part I: Before and Beneath other Conflicts: Fourth World Social Theory. About that Bering Strait Land Bridge Bridge ...A Study in the Falsity of "Scientific Truth". Part II: A Contemporary Argument "For Social Theory". For Social Theory: Alvin Gouldner's Last Project and Beyond. Part III: Contemporary Conflicts Over Social Policy Argued in Social Theory. The Mayberry Machiavellians in Power: A Critical Analysis of the Bush Administration through a Synthesis of Machiavelli, Goffman, and Foucault. Globalization or Hyper-Alienation? Critiques of Traditional Marxism as Arguments for Basic Income. Part IV: Religion, Morality, Ethics? In Modernity, Postmodernity? The Conceptual Common Denominator Between Bellah, Giddens and Habermas and its Significance. Reconstructing Zygmunt Bauman's Postmodern Sociology of Morality. Beyond Negative Rights: Living without Certainty, Social Change and the Possibility of Postmodern Ethics.