Sociology is a curious discipline. Its objects of attention are both the taken-for-granted
and the exceptional. It looks at the everyday experience and the extraordinary events as
problematic; suffused with simultaneous and conflicting yet flourishing negotiations.
Moved by this insight Peter Berger opened up his famed book with this poignant
statement: “It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this: things are not what
they seem…. Social reality turns out to have many layers of meaning. The discovery of
each new layer changes the perception of the whole.
In Kant’s writings, the topic of religion occupies a strategic space at the
confluence of epistemology, ethics, and politics. Inquiries into the validity
of religious truth claims and the possible meanings of religious writings
and images form a vital part of Kant’s ethical and political project. This
project focuses on advancing human autonomy, both individually and in
terms of political concerns with shared worldviews, laws, and rights.
This book examines different conceptions of death and their impact on
Â�children’s cognitive and emotional development. It not only addresses
Â�practical and clinical issues related to children’s developing understanding of
death, but also focuses on theoretical and philosophical aspects Â�linking children’s
concept of death to religion, morality, politics, and law. The Â�material is
drawn from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, anthropology,
philosophy, medicine, education, and the law.
Case studies and reviews of progress since the 1992 Earth Summit A window on the scope of responses to environmental issues in Africa Insight into contextual realities in Southern Africa and beyond (contributions from Angola, Lesotho, Malawi, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda) Illumination of the complex challenges we face- practical, political, epistemological- as we attempt to engage one of the biggest social transformations of our time Application of social theory that reveals the need for re-thinking assumptions about the advancement and horizons of this change called, for the t...