Authors: A. O. Moscardini, Prof., ORCID ID 0000-0003-4951-0848, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
K. Lawler, Prof., ORCID ID 0000-002-3409-6755, University of Kuwait, Kuwait
T. Vlasova, Visiting Research Fellow, ORCID ID 0000-0002-5000-6756, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK
I. Pavlenko. Dr Hab., ORCHID ID 0000-0002-5687-778X, University of Warsaw, Pоland

Annotation: This paper purports that throughout history, there has been continuous interplay between the ideals of individual disciplines and the prevailing weltanschauung. It then suggests, using examples from the Arts, Physics and Neuroscience, that the current
weltanschauung is gradually adopting a systems view. Economic theory provides a map for human behaviour but can never replicate the whole. The map is not the territory. The paper then critically evaluates the effects of a systems weltanschauung on Economic theory and practice. The current age is strongly connected with environmental issues. The attitudes, values and morality of Gen Z (people born after 1995) are very different to those of previous generations.

Gen Z demands a stronger ethical/moral aspect to political, social and economic life and environmental principles A systems weltanschauung will combine a RV (which is aware of our physical presence in a undifferentiable, changing world, accepts a greater role for emotions, and uses reason to adjust to the world rather than master it) and a OV (which sets this presence in an individualised abstract way which it uses for planning
and possibly controlling reality). It ends with an appeal for an interdisciplinarity of experts to enable the solution of current global
problems. The thread to this paper is: first, the meaning of a systems weltanschauung is discussed. The paper then looks for signs
and indications for the emergence of such a weltanschauung. This then initiates a critical evaluation of current economic thinking.
It is hoped that such critical analysis and reflections will lead to a new level of ‘understanding economics’ rather than ‘economic
understanding’ which would allow Economics to fulfil its potential as a useful and needed contributor to the global problems of
today Systematic learning and education through art and music were regarded as just as important as mathematics to the training
of the mind. The ability to think critically was more important than strict vocational training.

Keywords: Weltanschauung, Systems, Interdisciplinarity, Objectivity, Subjectivity.

Received: 20/04/2022
1st Revision: 04/05/2022
Accepted: 20/05/2022


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