An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science

Author: Richard DeWitt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 144439276X

Category: Science

Page: 392

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Updated throughout and with three entirely new chapters, Worldviews: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science, Second Edition furthers its reputation as the definitive introductory text on the historical developments and philosophical issues that inform our scientific view of the world around us. Represents an innovative introduction to the history and philosophy of science, designed especially for those coming to the subject for the first time Updated new edition features the addition of chapters focusing on scientific laws, evolutionary theory, and implications of evolution Covers the key historical developments and philosophical themes that have impacted our scientific view of the world around us Analyzes the transitions from the Aristotelian worldview to the Newtonian worldview to a new and currently developing worldview Explores challenges to the Western scientific worldview brought on by recent discoveries

An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science

Author: R. V. G. Menon

Publisher: Pearson Education India

ISBN: 8131786757

Category: Electronic books

Page: 168

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Aimed at students from all disciplines, An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science fulfils the requirements of introductory courses at the university level. Beginning with science in ancient and medieval times, the textbook describes how science evolved to what it is in the modern age. It also covers basic concepts and examines issues in the philosophy of science. Presented in very lucid language, the book requires no background in philosophy, and no background in history or science beyond the Class X level. This text will be a valuable resource for students not only of science but also of the humanities, and indeed anyone interested in the foundations in science and the influence of science on society as a whole.


An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science

Author: Richard DeWitt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119118980

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 8535

PRAISE FOR PREVIOUS EDITIONS "This is a brilliantly clear introduction (and indeed reframing) of the history and philosophy of science in terms of worldviews and their elements…. In addition, the book is incredibly well-informed from both a scientific and philosophical angle. Highly recommended." Scientific and Medical Network "Unlike many other introductions to philosophy of science, DeWitt's book is at once historically informative and philosophically thorough and rigorous. Chapter notes, suggested readings, and references enhance its value." Choice "Written in clear and comprehensible prose and supplemented by effective diagrams and examples, Worldviews is an ideal text for anyone new to the history and philosophy of science. As the reader will come to find out, DeWitt is a gifted writer with the unique ability to break down complex and technical concepts into digestible parts, making Worldviews a welcoming and not overwhelming book for the introductory reader." History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, vol. 28(2) Now in its third edition, Worldviews: An Introduction to the History and Philosophy of Science strengthens its reputation as the most accessible and teachable introduction to the history and philosophy of science on the market. Geared toward engaging undergraduates and those approaching the history and philosophy of science for the first time, this intellectually-provocative volume takes advantage of its author's extensive teaching experience, parsing complex ideas using straightforward and sensible examples drawn from the physical sciences. Building on the foundations which earned the book its critical acclaim, author Richard DeWitt considers fundamental issues in the philosophy of science through the historical worldviews that influenced them, charting the evolution of Western science through the rise and fall of dominant systems of thought. Chapters have been updated to include discussion of recent findings in quantum theory, general relativity, and evolutionary theory, and two new chapters exclusive to the third edition enrich its engagement with radical developments in contemporary science. At a time in modern history when the nature of truth, fact, and reality seem increasingly controversial, the third edition of Worldviews presents complex concepts with clarity and verve, and prepares inquisitive minds to engage critically with some of the most exciting questions in the philosophy of science.

Hidden Worldviews

Eight Cultural Stories That Shape Our Lives

Author: Steve Wilkens,Mark L. Sanford

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830878475

Category: Religion

Page: 218

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Why do we buy what we buy, vote the way we vote, eat what we eat and say what we say? Why do we have the friends we have, and work and play as we do? It's our choice? Yes, but there are forces, often unseen, that shape every decision we make and every action we take. These hidden, life-shaping values and ideas are not promoted through organized religions or rival philosophies but fostered by cultural habits, lifestyles and the institutional structures of society. Steve Wilkens and Mark Sanford shine a spotlight on the profound challenges to Christianity and faithful Christian living that come from worldviews that comprise the cultural soup we swim in. The authors show how to detect the individualism, consumerism, nationalism, moral relativism, scientific naturalism, New Age thinking, postmodern tribalism and salvation as therapy that fly under our radar. Building on the work of worldview thinkers like James Sire, this book helps those committed to the gospel story recognize those rival cultural stories that compete for our hearts and minds.

What's Your Worldview?

An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions

Author: James N. Anderson

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433538954

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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2014 Popular Theology Book of the Year - World Magazine How do you view the world? It’s a big question. And how you answer is one of the most important things about you. Not sure what you’d say? Join James Anderson on an interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping you understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying your worldview. Cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, What’s Your Worldview? will guide you toward finding intellectually satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions—equipping you to think carefully about not only what you believe but why you believe it and how it impacts the rest of your life.

Transforming Worldviews

An Anthropological Understanding of How People Change

Author: Paul G. Hiebert

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1441200983

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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In the past, changes in behavior and in belief have been leading indicators for missionaries that Christian conversion had occurred. But these alone--or even together--are insufficient for a gospel understanding of conversion. For effective biblical mission, Paul G. Hiebert argues, we must add a third element: a change in worldview. Here he offers a comprehensive study of worldview--its philosophy, its history, its characteristics, and the means for understanding it. He then provides a detailed analysis of several worldviews that missionaries must engage today, addressing the impact of each on Christianity and mission. A biblical worldview is outlined for comparison. Finally, Hiebert argues for gospel ministry that seeks to transform people's worldviews and offers suggestions for how to do so.

War of the Worldviews

Where Science and Spirituality Meet-and Do Not

Author: Deepak Chopra,Leonard Mlodinow

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 0307886891

Category: Religion

Page: 319

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Two authors -- one from the field of physics, the other from the realm of spirituality -- debate the most fundamental questions about human existance.

The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology's Theory, Research, and Practice

Author: Dr Brent D Slife

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1315283964


Page: N.A

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By revealing underlying assumptions that influence the field of psychology, The Hidden Worldviews of Psychology's Theory, Research, and Practice challenges psychologists to reconsider the origins of ideas they may take as psychological truths. Worldviews, or the systems of assumptions that provide a framework for psychological thinking, have great influence on psychological theory, research, and practice. This book attempts to correct assumptions by describing the worldviews that have shaped psychological theory, practice, and research and demonstrating how taking worldviews into account can greatly advance psychology as a whole.

Progress and Its Impact on the Nagas

A Clash of Worldviews

Author: Tezenlo Thong

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317075315

Category: Social Science

Page: 212

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The term ’progress’ is a modern Western notion that life is always improving and advancing toward an ideal state. It is a vital modern concept which underlies geographic explorations and scientific and technological inventions as well as the desire to harness nature in order to increase human beings’ ease and comfort. With the advent of Western colonization and to the great detriment of the colonized, the notion of progress began to perniciously and pervasively permeate across cultures. This book details the impact of the notion of progress on the Nagas and their culture. The interaction between the Nagas and the West, beginning with British military conquest and followed by American missionary intrusion, has resulted in the gradual demise of Naga culture. It is almost a cliché to assert that since the colonial contact, the long evolved Naga traditional values are being replaced by Western values. Consequences are still being felt in the lack of sense of direction and confusion among the Nagas today. Just like other Indigenous Peoples, whose history is characterized by traumatic cultural turmoil because of colonial interference, the Nagas have long been engaged in self-shame, self-negation and self-sabotage.

Rethinking Worldview

Learning to Think, Live, and Speak in This World

Author: J. Mark Bertrand

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433520842

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Everyone has a worldview. How did we get it? How is it formed? Is it possible by persuasion and logic to change one's worldview? In Rethinking Worldview, writer and worldview teacher J. Mark Bertrand has a threefold aim. First, he seeks to capture a more complex, nuanced appreciation of what worldviews really are. Then he situates worldviews in the larger context of a lived faith. Finally, he explores the organic connections between worldview and wisdom and how they are expressed in witness. Bertrand's work reads like a conversation, peppered with anecdotes and thought-provoking questions that push readers to continue thinking and talking long after they have put the book down. Thoughtful readers interested in theology, philosophy, and culture will be motivated to rethink their own perspectives on the nature of reality, as well as to rethink the concept of worldviews itself.

Rastafari and Other African-Caribbean Worldviews

Author: Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands)

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813524122

Category: Religion

Page: 282

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Rastafari has been seen as a political organization, a youth movement, and a millenarian cult. This lively collection of papers challenges these categories and offers a new approach to the study of Rastafari. Chevannes and his contributors suggest that we can better understand Rastafari -- and Caribbean culture, for that matter -- by seeing the movement as both a departure from and a continuance of Revivalism, an African-Caribbean folk religion. By linking Rastafari to Revival, we can enrich our understanding of an African-Caribbean worldview, and we can appreciate Rastafari not only as a political force but as a powerful expression of African-Caribbean culture and tradition. Barry Chevannes provides a concise overview of Rastafari and Revivalism and clearly lays out the volume's new approach. Leading scholars of Rastafari illustrate and develop the theme with chapters on Rastafari as resistance, the origin of the dreadlocks, Rastafari and language, women in African-Caribbean religions and more. With chapters that range from the specific to the general, this volume will be important to specialists of Caribbean religion and the African diaspora and to those with a burgeoning interest in Rastafari. -- Contributors challenge existing scholarship on Rastafari. -- Volume offers both a general overview for the introductory student and sophisticated analysis for the specialist. -- Chapters cover African-Caribbean religions in several countries and from both a contemporary and historical perspective.

Worldviews, Science and Us

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Worlds, Cultures and Society: Leo Apostel Center, Brussels Free University, August 2009; July 2007, September 2010

Author: Diederik Aerts,Bart D'Hooghe,Rik Pinxten

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9814355054

Category: Social Science

Page: 220

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This volume is part of the ?Worldviews, Science and Us? series of proceedings and contains several contributions on the subject of worlds, cultures and society. It represents the proceedings of several workshops and discussion panels organized by the Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary studies within the framework of the ?Research on the Construction of Integrating Worldviews? research community set up by the Flanders Fund for Scientific Research, over the period of time between 2005 to 2010. Further information about this research community and a full list of the associated international research centers can be found at http: //

Worldviews in Conflict

Choosing Christianity in the World of Ideas

Author: Ronald H. Nash

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310877229

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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This world is a battlefield in the arena of ideas. The prize is the heart and mind of humankind. In this book, Ronald Nash outlines the Christian way of looking at God, self, and the world. He holds that worldview up against the tests of reason, logic, and experience, particularly discussing the problems of evil and the alleged "nonsense" of the historic Christian doctrines and of Jesus' incarnation and resurrection. He finds the Christian worldview sound and urges Christians to equip themselves intellectually to defend the faith on that battlefield. He particularly hits the attractions to our generation of naturalism and the New Age movement, pointing out their weaknesses and pitfalls as well as those of older worldviews. "Christian theism," he writes, "is a system that commends itself to the whole person"; but he stresses that a great difference exists between "belief that" and "belief in."

Worldviews in Transition

An Investigation Into the New Age Movement in South Africa

Author: Chrissie Steyn

Publisher: N.A


Category: New Age movement

Page: 367

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With a new cosmology and a new concept of God and humanity, the New Age movement in South Africa has been met with negative reactions in some Christian circles. Rather than take this view, this book instead probes New Age beliefs, arguing that some of its central themes are already prevelant in society, whether we realise it or not.

Reason and Worldviews

Warfield, Kuyper, Van Til and Plantinga on the Clarity of General Revelation and Function of Apologetics

Author: Owen Anderson

Publisher: University Press of America

ISBN: 9780761840381

Category: Philosophy

Page: 139

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Treachery has a price, in the mesmerizing new thriller from the New York Times-bestselling writer.With his latest novels, Jack Higgins has showed himself "on top of his game" (Publishers Weekly), his books infused with "a timely edginess [that] pulls you along like the surprisingly strong current of the Thames River" (Associated Press). The Judas Gate is just as timely -- and just as surprising.A disturbing audiotape has made its way to General Charles Ferguson, adviser to the Prime Minister, and from him to the President of the United States: battlefield chatter from an ambush in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in which twelve U.S. Army Rangers and a British medical team died. Most of the Taliban voices are Afghan, but not all of them -- shockingly, some of them are British, and one in particular, the voice of the commander, bears an Irish accent.The idea that one of their own could be responsible for such a massacre is appalling, and Ferguson immediately puts Sean Dillon in charge of hunting the traitor down. But Dillon has his own way of doing things and, he will eventually discover, so does his quarry. Not only will Dillon be going to war -- the war will be coming to him.Filled with suspense, driven by characters of complexity and passion, The Judas Gate is an unforgettable novel by the man "who has produced some of the best suspense fiction of the past fifty years" (The San Diego Union-Tribune).

Shakespeare--world Views

Author: Heather Kerr,Robin Eaden,Madge Mitton

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874135657

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 258

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"Shakespeare: World Views comprises fifteen papers concerned with the politics of reading and performance in Autralasia, Asia, and Europe." "The attention to the history and politics of Shakespeare in performance is matched by an interest in the uses and inscriptions of Shakespeare from postcolonial and new European locations." "Two very different essays plot Shakespeare's investments in equally different cartographies: the unsettled and unsettling geographies of the Comedies and the patriarchal territories of Lucrece's Tragedy." "Taken together, these essays from widely differing geographic, political, and critical locations attest to the multiplicity of "Shakespeares" available today. This very multiplicity suggests that Shakespeare is being produced as both local and global, paradoxically fragmented and monolithic, a fertile site both for affinity and contest. The effect is a challenge to any easy claim for Shakespeare's unproblematic status as a stable indicator of cultural value. In Singh's words, this collection manifests the "anomalies and contradictions" as well as the rich variety of "Shakespeares" around the world."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

War of the World Views

Powerful Answers For An "Evolutionized" Culture

Author: Ken Ham,Bodie Hodge,Carl Kerby,Dr. Jason Lisle,Stacia McKeever,Dr. David Menton

Publisher: New Leaf Publishing Group

ISBN: 1614581010

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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What do aliens, dinosaurs, and gay marriage have in common? They are all part of the culture war - a war between two worldviews. One view is based on a biblical understanding of history, the other on pure naturalism. Our educational institutions and the media are on the frontlines of evolutionizing our culture. From Biology 101 to World History, from The Learning Channel to Sponge Bob, subtle and not-so-subtle evolutionary messages bombard us. We wetness the battles and skirmishes of this war in our schools, our courts and our homes. All around us are casualties of the warfare - Christians taken captive by an evolutionary philosophy. The idea of the big ban g and millions of years has duped many Christians and its effects include a deficient gospel and subjective morality. How are we to respond when we hear of the latest "argument" for evolution? How can we prepare our children to face the evolutionary indoctrination of our public schools and universities? What are we to make of "Christian" organizations who teach the big bang and millions of years? How can we build a truly biblical worldview? In this powerful book, you will find ammunition for the war: answers to some of the most common arguments for evolution, analyses of Christian compromise positions and a call for return to the true biblical authority.

Worldviews, Religion, and the Environment

A Global Anthology

Author: Richard Foltz

Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780534596071

Category: Religion

Page: 598

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This [text] strives to be as inclusive as possible. It attempts to give voice to as wide a range as possible of the diverse sources of contemporary worldviews throughout the globe, Western and Eastern, Northern and Southern, women's and men's. -- Preface.

Christian Worldview

A Student's Guide

Author: Philip Graham Ryken

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433535432

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 6872

Everything we think, say, and do reflects our worldview. Whether we realize it or not, basic beliefs about God, humanity, history, and the future inevitably shape how we live. Philip Ryken, prolific author and president of Wheaton College, explains the distinguishing marks of the Christian worldview, helping us to engage thoughtfully with our increasingly pluralistic society. Based on the notion that ideas have consequences, this accessible resource will help you see life’s “big picture” by equipping you with a well-reasoned framework of Christian beliefs and convictions.

Worldviews Comparison

Author: Alex McFarland

Publisher: Rose Publishing Inc

ISBN: 1628621036

Category: Religion

Page: 14

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Experience the convenience of having this amazing Bible Study Tool at your fingertips—wherever you go! Plus, you can read, search, enlarge, and print the pamphlet right off your computer. This comparison of worldviews helps you know what you believe and why. A worldview is the "big picture" view of the world, one that attempts to answer all the big questions of life: What is real? If there is a God, what is God's nature? What is a human being? How can we know what is right or wrong? This chart compares 8 worldviews: •Atheism - There is no God •Pantheism - God is all. •Pan-En-theism - God is in all •Deism - God is a distant creator •Finite God-ism - There is a God, but he is limited •Polytheism - There are many gods •Monotheism - There is only god •Biblical Christianity - There is only one Triune god Questions compared: •Is there a God? •What is Real? •Where Did What's Real Come From? •What is a Human Being? •Are Humans Basically Good or Evil? How bad is the flaw? •Is it Possible to Know Anything at All? •How Do We Know What is Right and Wrong? •What is Truth? •What is Evil? •Where do laws come from? •What Happens After Death? •Can Miracles Happen? •What is the Meaning of Human History? •How Do We Get to Know God? Author Alex McFarland, M.A., is the president of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Worldviews Comparison