Rethinking Our World

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Juta and Company Ltd, 2007 - Philosophy - 150 pages
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Outlining the major figures and proponents of numerous and varied philosophies—including empiricism, existentialism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, systems theory, postmodernism, and feminism—this guidebook places a critical and creative eye towards many of society’s traditionally held beliefs. Providing readers with the tools to analyze life and to answer existential questions, this aide contextualizes each philosophy in modern terms to ensure accessibility and understanding. A tabulation of each philosophy’s merits and weaknesses is also included to help maximize learning.

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This handbook was not helpful at all. It's a pity I had to use it during my studies. The learning content was mixed up, it didn't have user-friendly titles or subtitles for studying purposes, it was extremely difficult to find the learning content among all the (unnecessary) extra paragraphs and note-blocks and it did not contain the information needed for the Unisa assignments (one paragraph for a 100-point assignment is ridiculous) or previous exam papers, although it was authored by Unisa lecturers. I also found that the newer edition (2012) doesn't have all the information that the online (2007) edition has, but the exam papers was based on exactly the information that has been left out!! Not a good experience for me. 

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There are quite a few things wrong with this book - but the sexism, homophobia, and and old-white-man-centric tone are definitely some of the worst.
For example, the author states, as if a fact, that
homosexuality is 'caused' by feminism, because it removes strong male role models from a developing child.
Yes, to these authors, homosexuality is an affliction (hello dark ages!), and it's all the fault of women being unfair to men.
This being used as a textbook is a very bad joke, and the "merits and weaknesses" does very little to hide the author's bias, and privileged world view.
If you enjoy tabulations of concepts by people who don't really understand those concepts - this book is for you.
Warning though, it happens so often, it will definitely get boring.
Students need better textbooks than this Old Spice and brandy scented disinformation.
Authors should be sent to prison for this level of lasting damage on society.


challenging what the world tells us
How in the world can we give our lives meaning?
What of an African world?
Can we change our world?
Rethinking a womans world
Who in the world am I?
Is there a world that speaks to us?
Where in the world are we going?

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About the author (2007)

Philip Higgs is a professor of the philosophy of education at the University of South Africa and the author of Rethinking Truth. Jane Smith is an editor at the University of South Africa.

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