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The Search for Certainty

  • Wilford W. Spradlin
  • Patricia B. Porterfield

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Birth of Certainty

    1. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 1-20
  3. The Anthropomorphic World of Words

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 23-48
    3. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 49-67
    4. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 69-93
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 95-95
  4. The Mechanical World of Form and Function

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 99-122
    3. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 123-151
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 153-153
  5. The Relative World of Process

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 157-188
    3. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 189-215
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 217-217
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Wilford W. Spradlin, Patricia B. Porterfield
      Pages 221-240
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 241-248

About this book

Introduction

Who are we? What are we? How do we fit into the world? Or into the universe? These and other questions pertaining to ourselves and our environ­ ment are as compelling to us today as they were to our primitive ancestors. Throughout our history we have developed paradigms of thought that have attempted to answer these questions, each conceptual framework being par­ ticularly relevant to its age. We are, in the twentieth century, witnessing a complete reorganization of our thinking. We are now, with the aid of tech­ nology, able to bring together both ancient and new patterns of thought and to observe the emergence of a kaleidoscopic world view that is uniting the once dissonant theories of philosophy, religion, and science. This book sketches an historical picture of three world views that have shaped our ideas about ourselves. These conceptual formats that have so influenced us are not mutually exclusive and are present in all of us simulta­ neously, although to varying degrees depending upon our individual biases.

Keywords

Gewissheit Weltbild age birth language mechanics organizations philosophy thinking

Authors and affiliations

  • Wilford W. Spradlin
    • 1
  • Patricia B. Porterfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Medicine and PsychiatryUniversity of Virginia School of MedicineCharlottesvilleUSA

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