This volume seeks to create solid conceptual ground for a new start in biosocial theory because its method draws on two major episodes in the discovery of general theory: a methods of comparison and classification, practiced explicitly in the Darwinian episode and tacitly in the Newtonian. The result, "Compositional Theory" is then used to interpret Western history and the late-1990s situation. The book raises issues not only for the philosophy of science and social science, but also for anyone concerned about the current ordeal of the modern outlook.
What needs explaining; a theory of growth - innovation, growth and obsolescence; social growth - what it has to be in an institutionalization process; freeing up the sticky control - how the West escaped the trap of military empire; decontrol in modern society - a unique combination of social controls; a recap for reformers; reform proposals. Appendices: definitions for the special additive classification; a method for the discovery of general theory.