What is a worldview?

Vidal, Clément (2008) What is a worldview? [Book Chapter] (In Press)

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The first part of this paper proposes a precise definition of what a worldview is, and why there is a necessity to have one. The second part suggests how to construct integrated scientific worldviews. For this attempt, three general scientific approaches are proposed: the general systems theory as the endeavor for a universal language for science, a general problem-solving approach and the idea of evolution, broadly construed. We close with some remarks about limitations of scientific worldviews.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Additional Information:Published in Dutch.
Keywords:worldview, problem-solving, systems theory, integrative worldview, scientific worldview
Subjects:Philosophy > Philosophy of Science
Computer Science > Complexity Theory
Philosophy > Metaphysics
ID Code:6094
Deposited By: Vidal, Clément
Deposited On:15 Jul 2008 09:54
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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