The Sociology of Intellectual Life outlines a social theory of knowledge for the 21st century.
With characteristic subtlety and verve, Steve Fuller deals directly with a world in which it is no longer taken for granted that universities and academics are the best places and people to embody the life of the mind. While Fuller defends academic privilege, he takes very seriously the historic divergences between academics and intellectuals, attending especially to the different features of knowledge production that they value.
The boook's features include:
- an account of the problematic relationship between postmodernism and the university as an institution
- the problems facing an academic who wishes also to function as an intellectual
- a critical survey of the emerging fields of social epistemology and the sociology of philosophy
- a discussion of the ethics and politics of public intellectual life, especially given its largely improvisational (or as Fuller himself terms it, 'bullshit') character.