Research Community Integrating World Views


Our complex and rapidly evolving world is extremely fragmented in the ideological, social, political, cultural and scientific areas. There remains little or no trace of cultural unity. We have to deal with many cultures, subcultures and cultural fragments. The trend of differentiation in science is continuing unabated. All that remains are a number of fragments that have little structure or coherence. The fragmentation, rapid changes and large-scale structures of the modern world are leading to an increased alienation. The overview is lost.

Worldviews, a non-profit organisation established in 1990, reacts to this situation of fragmentation and disintegration and is calling for integrating world-view research. This interdisciplinary project presents itself as a challenge to the scientific community, and especially to the members of the group. Worldviews wishes to provide a framework in which the world views that are developing in various fields of culture and science can get into dialogue with one another. World-views help us to find our way in the complex reality and to act in a coherent manner.


  • Diederik Aerts (theoretical physics)
  • Diderik Batens (philosophy)
  • Bart De Moor (engineering sciences)
  • Staf Hellemans (sociology)
  • Edel Maex (psychiatry and psychotherapy)
  • Hubert Van Belle (engineering sciences)
  • Marie-Claire Van de Velde (biology)
  • Jan Van der Veken (philosophy)


In English

D. Aerts, L. Apostel, B. De Moor, S. Hellemans, E. Maex, H. Van Belle and J. Van der Veken, World Views: From Fragmentation to Integration, Brussels, VUBPRESS, 1994. The Worldviews group (D. Aerts, L. Apostel, B. De Moor, S. Hellemans, E. Maex, H. Van Belle and J. Van der Veken), Perspectives on the World: an interdisciplinary reflection, Brussels, VUBPRESS, 1995. (World Views II) PDF Version Part 1 Part 2
World Views and the Problem of Synthesis, The Yellow Book of Einstein meets Magritte, Dordrecht, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Brussels, VUB University Press, 1999.

In Dutch

L. Apostel en J. Van der Veken, Wereldbeelden: van fragmentering naar integratie, DNB/Uitgeverij Pelckmans, Kapellen, 1991. D. Aerts, L. Apostel, B. De Moor, S. Hellemans, E. Maex, H. Van Belle en J. Van der Veken, Cirkelen om de Wereld: Concrete invullingen van het wereldbeeldenproject, Uitgeverij Pelckmans, Kapellen, 1994.
R. Weiler en D. Holemans (red.), Bevrijding en bedreiging door wetenschap en techniek, Uitgeverij Pelckmans, Kapellen, 1993. H. Van Belle en J. Van der Veken (ed.), Nieuwheid denken. De wetenschappen en het creatieve aspect van de werkelijkheid, Acco, Leuven, 2008. Tweede druk 2011. Recentste boek van de Worldviews-groep, aanbevolen voor allen die belangstelling hebben in wetenschapsfilosofie, wereldbeelden en de diepere aard van de werkelijkheid. Inhoud [pdf]

Discussion papers

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Last update: 5 November 2012