The basic presupposition underlying this book is the unity of human knowledge in its very wide sense. Different forms of knowledge and their present-day specializations should not make us blind to their thematic and conceptual overlap. Disciplines like religion, ethics and law have their unmistakable affinity defined in terms of dos and don'ts.
The essays of this book are addressed to some basic issues of science, society and value. Discounting the autonomy claim of science Chattopadhyaya tries to trace its social roots and discover its historical background. Also he discounts the valueneutrality claim of science - of both social science and natural science.