The Philosopher's World Model

The Philosopher's World Model

The Philosopher's World Model

The Philosopher's World Model

Synopsis

"Bahm offers a guide to the perils confronting the human race and our chances of overcoming them....[The book] offers useful ideas and a good introduction to the literature." -Library Journal

Excerpt

The world models depicted in the major religions--Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Shintoism--have failed to solve our contemporary problems. Indeed they are contributing more to these problems than to their solution. the continued existence and persisting influence of these religions are obstacles to present efforts.

Intelligent solutions to our world problems doubtless will include truths extracted from each of these religions. But when such truth is overlaid and inextricably interwoven with doctrinal details now regarded as essentially mythical and with claims to knowledge that have been demonstrated as false, active efforts to terminate such influences should be initiated. the suggestions made here will be examined further in chapter 6, but the point in mentioning them is that world models, and their failures, are not new. Some of them have lasted for centuries and even millennia.

I cannot take time to review utopian literature, such as Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward, 1887-2000, George Orwell Nineteen Eighty-four, or the interstellar visions of science fiction writers. Nor can I explore political ideologies ranging from anarchism to totalitarian fascism, including the ideals of republican, democratic, socialist, and communist parties, and subvarieties, such as national socialism, Christian socialism, and the Christian democrats, prohibitionists, and libertarians. Perhaps we should pause to consider . . .

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