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Religions and Worldviews

  • Mark E. Clark

Abstract

Philosopher William Hazlitt once observed that ‘Without the aid of prejudice and custom I should not be able to find my way across the room’. 1 That simple phrase in fact says something quite profound about the human mind, and hence about human behaviour. Walking across a room was his metaphor for living through the events of everyday life. He was talking about the inner mental map each of us constructs out of our familiar surroundings and in which we live: the synthetic worldview which is a biased, shorthand reconstruction of ‘out there’. What exactly this worldview is and how each individual acquires it is the subject of Chapter 8. Here it is sufficient to reflect on Hazlitt’s words, ‘prejudice’ and ‘custom’.

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Middle East Political Ideology Human Animal Major Religion Liberation Theology 
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  • Mark E. Clark
    • 1
  1. 1.San Diego State UniversityUSA

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