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image of Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture, and Ecology

What are the presuppositions for policy-making to be a sensible endeavor? At a minimum the policy-maker must believe that there is more than one alternative future (non-determinism), and that some possible futures are truly better than others (non-nihilism). The combinations of acceptance and denial of these two pre-suppositions are considered, along with a deeper look at what ultimately limits possible alternatives. The focus then shifts to the difficulty many thinkers have in accommodating the fact of purpose implicit in the assumption that some alternative futures really are better than others. Neodarwinists seem to have the most difficulty accepting these two presuppositions of policy, and yet feel called upon to engage in public policy dialogue. They are invited to reflect deeply on the fact that their premises rule out policy as a meaningful activity.


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