Science, Humanism, and Religion

The Quest for Orientation

  • Matthias Jung

Part of the Studies in Humanism and Atheism book series (SHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Matthias Jung
    Pages 81-106
  3. Matthias Jung
    Pages 133-167
  4. Matthias Jung
    Pages 169-201
  5. Matthias Jung
    Pages 203-223
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 225-230

About this book


In the human quest for orientation vis-à-vis personal life and comprehensive reality the worldviews of religionists and humanists offer different answers, and science also plays a crucial role. Yet it is the ordinary, embodied experience of meaningful engagement with reality in which all these cultural activities are rooted.

Human beings have to relate themselves to the entirety of their lives to achieve orientation. This relation involves a non-methodical, meaningful experience that exhibits the crucial features for understanding worldviews: it comprises cognition, volition, and emotion, is embodied, action-oriented, and expressive. From this starting-point, religious and secular worldviews articulate what is experienced as ultimately meaningful. Yet the plurality and one-sidedness of these life stances necessitates critical engagement for which philosophy provides indispensable means. In the end, some worldviews can be ruled out, but we are still left with a plurality of genuine options for orientation.


reductionsim scientism naturalism william james secular

Authors and affiliations

  • Matthias Jung
    • 1
  1. 1.Campus Koblenz FB 2Universität Koblenz LandauKoblenzGermany

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