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Philosophy as Higher Enlightenment

Paradigms toward a New Worldview from the Perspective of Dialectical Realism

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Ash Gobar

This work is a study in integrative thinking: it contributes some paradigms toward a new worldview from the perspective of dialectical realism. Its central idea is that philosophical thinking leads to a «higher enlightenment»: illuminating the foundations of our beliefs as well as the horizon of our praxis. Hence the disparate interests of philosophical inquiry - its theoretical interest and its existential interest - find a dialectical integration here. The role of philosophy as a cultural healer is then articulated as a consequence.