Research on the construction of integrating worldviews.

Project Details


The renewed research community "Research on the construction of integrated worldviews" extends the research of the previous research communities of 1995-2000 and 2000-2005. The final years of the previous research community were marked by a movement of `broadening and deepening'. In order to cope with this strong dynamics new groups were affiliated. The `broadening and deepening' is caused by the interaction with three parallel running FWO-projects (detailed in the report of the previous research community), which provided new links and opportunities for the construction of worldviews. This evolution came about by discovering new methods to chart influences of 'context and surrounding' and non classical, non deterministic and (or) non Boolean structures of entities and processes in the domain of the social sciences at the hand of techniques stemming from the non classical -- e.g. quantum- exact sciences.

We propose a novel approach, comparable to the `chaos and complexity' break through of the eighties, in which formal models stemming from the exact sciences are applied to study entities and processes in the social sciences. `Chaos and complexity' models are not fit to model influences of 'context and surrounding' since these stem from classical mechanical theory. The models proposed in the present novel approach are non classical. As such this allows the description of 'context and surrounding'. The broadening of the initial research goals in the exact sciences was accompanied by a broadening of the goals within the social sciences specifically in relation to the foundations of world views. The research topic "identity, borders and differences" was further developed in three supplementary themes: intercultural philosophy, world views with respect to classical logic and social ontology.

The framework of the renewed research community remains upheld by the five main components of worldviews research. Research is planned to deepen the understanding of these components: (1.1) The construction of a model of our world: research on the nature and functioning of our world (CLEA, PAF, CTS, FBC). (1.2) Explanatory model of our world: description must be completed with explanation (CWLP, CTS). (1.3) An evaluation model: how do we accord values towards global reality (CWLP, SOPINS, ARC). (1.4) A model of model construction: each model, descriptive, explanatory or evaluative, requires model construction (CLEA, CPM, QIEG, CCE). (1.5) An integrated action model: how do we - and should we - act on and transform our world (SOPINS, CLEA, CCE).
Effective start/end date1/01/0631/12/10

Flemish discipline codes

  • Philosophy, ethics and religious studies


  • philospohy