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An Enduring Philosophical Agenda. Worldview Construction as a Philosophical Method

Vidal, Clément (2007) An Enduring Philosophical Agenda. Worldview Construction as a Philosophical Method. [Preprint]

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Is there something like a philosophical method? It seems that there are as many methods as there are philosophies. A method is any procedure employed to attain a certain end. So, before going to a method, we have to ask: what is the aim of philosophy? At the origin of philosophy, there is a questioning about the world. Leo Apostel and Jan Van der Veken made more precise and explicit those fundamental questions (Apostel, Van der Veken 1991). The primarily aim of philosophy can be seen as answering this philosophical agenda; with the answers, one come up with a worldview. We'll argue that the philosophical worldviews constitute a particular class of the possible worldviews. With the help of three analogies, we'll give some guidelines to construct such worldviews. But, what are the best philosophical worldviews? We'll see how we can compare and confront them; and also some problems for their diffusion. The last section will propose some basic hypotheses to build such integrative worldviews.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:metaphilosophy, worldview, weltanschauung, philosophical method, philosophical agenda, task of philosophy.
Subjects:Philosophy > Metaphysics
ID Code:5408
Deposited By:Vidal, Clément
Deposited On:24 Feb 2007
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

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