The Worldview of a Man Essay

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It is crucial to have a complete understanding of how one is to view and respond to the problems of the world in light of the different schools of thought. This is best done with a worldview. A worldview is a comprehensive collection of one's beliefs in every area of rational thought. It dictates a person's actions and responses to the world in which they live. In addition to providing the details of one’s beliefs, a worldview has the added benefit of showing how different schools of thought interact and influence one another (Tackett, 2006). Having a well constructed worldview would, for example, bring to light inconsistencies with philosophy and ethics that one might maintain and allow one to resolve them. The primary elements of a…show more content…
This is a shame, since all that really matters is the practical. After encountering many philosophical systems, I have found all the commonly discussed ones sorely lacking. They either completely neglect some key areas of functional relationships between man and nature, or are wholly offensive to any idea of good living. A prime example would be postmodernism. That philosophical system states that all truth is relative and that there is no real objectivity to be had (Englebretsen, 1995). Without the allowance for objectivity, there can be no good or evil, nor anything outside our own imagination. You may not exist and I might not either. If not for the existence of reality beyond our own perceptions, there would be no point whatsoever to science or philosophy or any other field of study. All that would matter is enjoyable experiences, where knowledge and interaction with what appears to be the world are only tools with which we use to gain the next pleasure. If everyone who claimed that ideology were to act upon it, society would be thrown into sociopathic, hedonistic chaos. Seeing that the majority of philosophical systems that attempt to address the primary aspects of reality are lacking, I sought to find a more spartan system that only held a few key points, and then goes on to provide a sensible framework that can be built upon constructively. This led me to examine critical realism. Critical realism is a philosophical framework that
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