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4.0 out of 5 stars great idea. but could be expanded in several books, June 5, 2012
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This review is from: Hidden Worldviews: Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives (Paperback)
I personally did not like that much the first chapter. This is my personal judgment, and more akin being subjective than objective. I do not favor word "story" at all. If you're coming from engineering or sciences, or philosophy, I would think you would favor more precise terminology. Word "story" simply sounds first as ambiguous, and second as intrinsically something subjective and generally sounding as a piece of postmodern narrative writing. "Narratives", "meta-narratives", "stories" and similar words to me devalue the conciseness of book, and it makes it read is if it was written by an English professor, rather than philosophy professor. I don't know if other people share my feelings about that...
Anyways, other than that, the idea to write this book is not surprising. This is very relevant topic, and someone should have written about this already.
Generally speaking, selection of topics to cover could be a bit different, but I think it is relevant in light of the scope how much those "worldviews" claim, statistically speaking.
I also have to admit that each of those "worldviews" could be subject of separate volume (and I would love to see the work being expanded), with more thorough analysis of key figures, more in-depth analysis of the characteristic of a particular "worldview". Especially how it is portrayed in the media, pop culture, literature, etc.
Another thought I had, is that sometimes it is hard to classify those as worldviews. Hence my use of quotes surrounding the term.
For something to be a worldview, it should have dominance of one's view of reality. It is true, that there are some people whose views of reality can truly be categorized alongside one of the "worldviews", but for the vast majority it is more like a blend of various proportions.
Actually, it is interesting how often postmodernism and naturalism can play well together in one's mind, despite the fact that they seemingly oppose to each other. You don't have to go far to see this example. Consider famous darwinist Richard Dawkins. He is thorough naturalist, but when it comes to things like queer agenda, he doesn't have a problem to call God a 'homophobe' despite the fact that there is nothing in the objective real world that would correspond to that term, especially in the sense he uses it. This indicates how shallow and gullible he is to actually be influences by something as postmodern as queer activism. But, set this particular issue aside... The way I see naturalism often play well with postmodernism is as follows: naturalism, paired with darwinism and scientism rule the scientific establishment in the culture, and any leftovers they 'trow' to postmodernists to 'chew on'. It's a little bit rude analogy, but think about it. In the contemporary society, majority of influence is reserved for "sciences" where of course under which umbrella they cleverly masquerade naturalism, darwinism, scientism, and of course atheism... then of what is left (literature, humanities, aesthetics, and perhaps ethics) are carefuly (under supervision) are handled to postmodernism. Hence, you can see 'feminist ethics', 'queer studies', 'deconstruction of genders', etc... done by postmoderns, but they are so-to-speak on the leash. They only allowed to go so far. Sometimes they may gain some influences as say Paul Feyerabend (in philosophy of science) to take some ground from naturalists but generally such burst are controlled from naturalists.
In any case, average contemporary mind, if it were to develop according to the flow of ideologies and their influences, will quickly find itself under HEAVY influences of the "worldviews"/ideologies mentioned in this text. Unless you reflect yourself about those issues, you are likely to soak them into your character, mind, perception of reality, and hierarchy of values and goals in life. Like "gods" in the movie "Titans", those ideologies/"worldviews" are feed upon worship of those who grow and nurture them. Reduce the number of followers, and it will, if not kill, at least weaken the influence of that particular ideology on culture and society.
This book is a good companion to Sire's "Universe Next Door". I recommend you read both texts!
This book helps to identify an influences of a foreign "worldview"/ideology in one's life and confront it.
Like I said, I hope it would be more thorough, but then not everyone would have patience or interest to read any longer. Generally, I think it's worth reading, especially since ALL of us are saturated and contaminated by media, which is basically a number one accomplice to propagate those "worldviews"/ideologies.
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