Modern Western and the Postmodern World Views

ModernWestern and the Postmodern World Views

Modern Western and thePostmodern World Views


The concern of a modern mindis “truth”. Different people have different ways of perceivingthe truth, which has caused estrangement between religion and scienceopinions. In this regards, the schism has become a manifestation ofthe basic worldview tensions between the two principles. Peoplenormally choose either to believe in science or religion (Mouzelis,2008). Others do not want to take sides asserting that they believein reality. The modern Western worldview believes in scientism as thebest way to understand reality. In other words, a person with theseworldview dogmas believes that if something is not scientificallyacknowledged, then it does not exist. This is a completely irrationaland an uninformed perception since science is a continuous procedureof making new discoveries. On the other hand, the postmodernworldview is related to Christianity, sanctity, or spiritual beliefs.A postmodern view involves a moral and ethical way of reasoning.Therefore, there are a few assumptions that have been put intoconsideration before making ethical judgments. This is something thatscience cannot prove since it deals with experiments, results andfacts hence, in some cases, scientists may not have a tacit orestablished explanation.

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I subscribe to both theworldview and postmodern views. This article shows that there is noabsolute truth. Most people’ views and opinions are similar to theworldview. Science uses facts, but ethical and moral reasoning usesguts (Mouzelis, 2008). The most important question asked in ethics iswhat ought to be. To answer this question, it involves mere reasoningand not performing experiments.

In the view of this paper, toresolve estrangement between these two principles, there is need toincorporate them in decision-making management. Science can be usedas a catalyst to realize more facts, discoveries in the nursingpractice while using religion to encourage patients, and moralreasoning to make decisions that ought to be made.


Mouzelis,N. (2008). Modernand postmodern social theorizing: Bridging the divide.Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.