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The Six Dimensions of Philosophy

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The Beginning and the End

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We introduce six dimensions of philosophy. The first three deal with first-order knowledge about reality (descriptive, normative, and practical), the next two deal with second-order knowledge about knowledge (critical and dialectical), and the sixth dimension (synthetic) integrates the other five. We describe and illustrate the dimensions with Leo Apostel’s worldview program. Then we argue that we all need a worldview to interact with our world and to give a meaning to our lives. Such a worldview can be more or less explicit, and we argue that for rational discourse it is essential to make it as explicit as possible. We illustrate the dynamic interrelation of the different worldview components with a cybernetic diagram.

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Correspondence to Clément Vidal .

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Vidal, C. (2014). The Six Dimensions of Philosophy. In: The Beginning and the End. The Frontiers Collection. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-05062-1_1

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