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In his widely used 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 an excellent resource for all who want to explore more deeply how and why worldview thinking can aid us in navigating our pluralistic universe.
|1||Camel, kangaroo and elephant||15|
|2||Worldview definitions : from Dilthey to Naugle||23|
|3||First things first : being or knowing||51|
|4||Flesh and bones : theoretical and pretheoretical||75|
|5||Rational system, way of life and master story||91|
|6||Worldview : public and private||107|
|7||Worldview : a refined definition||121|
|8||Intelligent people who clash by day : worldviews as a tool for analysis||137|
Posted August 25, 2009
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I read the 4th edition of The Universe Next Door (having read the 1st edition when it was new and I was in college!) and then had to go on to Naming the Elephant. This is not light reading, something you can pick up for a few minutes in the bathroom and put down again, over and over, but it is certainly worth the slight extra effort you may have to put into reading it! Sire is such a sound thinker, and expresses himself clearly despite his obvious high intelligence (that would make it easy for him to go way over my head with abstruse jargon). I, alas, cannot express myself nearly as clearly, so I can't describe the book very well. Read it, you will be challenged, improved, and then write a better review here and displace mine!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.