The Invisible Crisis of Contemporary Society: Reconstructing Sociology's Fundamental Assumptions

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Paradigm Publishers, 2007 - Social Science - 255 pages
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Is there a growing gap in today’s world between cultural aspirations and their fulfillment, a gap that is increasing social problems of all kinds? If so, what forces are producing that gap? How can these forces be changed?

To answer these questions, Phillips and Johnston employ a very broad approach to the scientific method, drawing evidence from a wide variety of data and sources, including sociologists, psychologists, political scientists, historians, philosophers, educators, psychiatrists, and novelists.

They find substantial evidence for a widening gap, suggesting an invisible crisis throughout contemporary society. They also find substantial evidence that a simplistic and static metaphysical stance or worldview is largely responsible for that gap, and that an alternative worldview can work to close that gap.

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Physical and Biological Structures
Outward versus InwardOutward Perception
Personality Structures

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Bernard Phillips taught at the University of North Carolina and Illinois before teaching at Boston University. He is author most recently of Armageddon or Evolution? The Scientific Method and Escalating World Problems (Paradigm 2008). Louis C. Johnston MD, MS, FACP (Ret.) was Medical Director and Director of Medical Education at Grant Hospital in Chicago until 1989.

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