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Naming the elephant : worldview as a concept

Author: James W Sire
Publisher: Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2004.
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"What is a worldview? What lies behind our thoughts about almost everything?"
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sire, James W.
Naming the elephant.
Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, ©2004
(OCoLC)609204487
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: James W Sire
ISBN: 083082779X 9780830827794
OCLC Number: 54046522
Description: 163 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Camel, kangaroo, and elephant --
Worldview definitions : from Dilthey to Naugle --
First things first : being or knowing --
Flesh and bones : theoretical and pretheoretical --
Rational system, way of life, and master story --
Worldviews : public and private --
Worldview : a refined definition --
Intelligent people who clash by day : worldviews as a tool for analysis.
Responsibility: James W. Sire.
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"What is a worldview? What lies behind our thoughts about almost everything?"

"For more than thirty years James W. Sire has grappled with this issue. In this book he offers readers his most mature thought on the concept of a worldview, addressing such questions as: what is the history of the concept itself?; What is the first question we should ask in formulating a worldview: What is the really real? or How do we know anything at all?; How are worldviews formed existentially as well as intellectually?; Is a worldview primarily an intellectual system, a way of life or a story?; What are the public and private dimensions of a worldview?; and What role can worldview thinking play in assessing our own worldview and those of others, especially in light of the pluralism within which we live?."

"In his textbook The Universe Next Door, first published in 1976, Sire offered a succinct definition of a worldview and cataloged in summary fashion seven basic worldview alternatives. Students, critics, new literature and continued reflection have led him to reexamine and refine his definition of a worldview. This companion volume to The Universe Next Door is the fruit of that effort." "Here is resource for all who want to explore more deeply how and why worldview thinking can aid us in navigating our pluralistic universe."--Jacket.

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