Wie läßt sich das Weltbild ändern?
Vortrag am Rundtischgespräch zum Thema Gentechnik vom 7. bis 9. Oktober 1994 im Goetheanum Dornach
The question is how to bring movement into the old way of thinking, into that mechanistic worldview underlying the overexploitation of nature. My claim is that a worldview cannot be transformed simply by understanding the penury of the old and by proclaiming another, better (= more inclusive, more respectful etc.) one. We rather have to understand the practical processes constructing a worldview, i.e. the processes that model the things the way we are seeing them all the time. Perception (in a full sense) and interpretation are actions taking place within relationships and are therefore normatively shaped. This leads to an inversion of perspective: Not a metaphysical theory is underlying our practical attitudes to nature but metaphysics itself has its roots in a practical framework. What we can learn is to regain sense in discovering a fuller praxis.