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From the Affirmation of Meaninglessness to the Suspension of Meaning

Emmanuel Falque

in The Guide to Gethsemane: Anxiety, Suffering, Death

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823281961
eISBN:
9780823284917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823281961.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

It is not satisfactory for us simply to affirm a denial of meaning in life. Such affirmation still entails giving some meaning to the denial. The suspension of meaning is more significant than an ... More


THE DILEMMA AS REGARDS TEMPORAL NEUTRALITY

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason: A dilemma in the philosophy of life

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780199276905
eISBN:
9780191603198
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199276900.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Since it has been found that the biases towards the near and the future are irrational, it follows that people who are rationalists, in the sense that their dominant aim is to lead a life in which ... More


Spiritual Pain: First published in Journal of Palliative Care, vol. 4, no. 3 (1988), pp. 29–32.

Cicely Saunders

in Cicely Saunders: Selected Writings 1958-2004

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
November 2011
ISBN:
9780198570530
eISBN:
9780191730412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570530.003.0032
Subject:
Palliative Care, Palliative Medicine Research

In 1988, Cicely Saunders published a journal article on spiritual pain, reproduced here. She examines how in the care of the individual in pain, there must be attention to the body, to the family, ... More


Internal and External: Meaningful and Meaningless

Barry Stroud

in The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198247616
eISBN:
9780191598494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198247613.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Chapter 5 considers the challenge to scepticism that both the sceptical conclusion and the problem about our knowledge of the external world to which it is a response are equally meaningless.This ... More


Analogy, Metaphor, and Coherence

Herman Philipse

in God in the Age of Science?: A Critique of Religious Reason

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199697533
eISBN:
9780191738470
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697533.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Theism can be an existential hypothesis confirmable by empirical evidence only if the reference of the proper name ‘God’ can be spelled out in words that are mostly used literally. However, it is ... More


The Narrow Road of Anxiety

Emmanuel Falque

in The Guide to Gethsemane: Anxiety, Suffering, Death

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780823281961
eISBN:
9780823284917
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823281961.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

It is not enough just to remain fearful in the face of death, or to draw back before “the cup.” Christ, like all humankind, passed from fear to anxiety. From a recoil before what is imminent (fear), ... More


Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

Iddo Landau

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190657666
eISBN:
9780190657697
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190657666.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

After explaining what meaning in life is, the book moves to criticizing certain presuppositions about the meaning of life that unnecessarily lead many people to believe that their lives are ... More


Life in the Context of the Whole Universe

Iddo Landau

in Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190657666
eISBN:
9780190657697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190657666.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The chapter considers the argument that, when taken in the context of the cosmos at large, we emerge as tiny, ineffectual, and, hence, insufficient. On the background of the whole universe, whatever ... More


Alienation

Rahel Jaeggi

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151986
eISBN:
9780231537599
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151986.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book reconceives alienation as the absence of a meaningful relationship to oneself and others, something that manifests itself in feelings of helplessness and the despondent acceptance of ... More


The Meaninglessness View 1

Ofra Magidor

in Category Mistakes

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199572977
eISBN:
9780191758942
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572977.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics/Epistemology

The chapter discusses a particularly popular approach to category mistakes: the meaninglessness view, according to which category mistakes are infelicitous because they are meaningless. A range of ... More


Overture

Gordon C. F. Bearn

in Life Drawing: A Deleuzean Aesthetics of Existence

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780823244805
eISBN:
9780823250714
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823244805.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This book explores an aesthetics of existence inspired by Gilles Deleuze and his 1980 book A Thousand Plateaus, co-authored with Félix Guattari. “Existentialism” has come to refer to a certain ... More


The Structure and Problems of Alienation Critique

Rahel Jaeggi

in Alienation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151986
eISBN:
9780231537599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151986.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the structure of the concept of alienation as well as the problems associated with its critique. Three important points are discussed. First, alienation is tied to the problem ... More


Crafting Contradictions

Rob Stone

in The Cinema of Richard Linklater: Walk, Don't Run

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231165532
eISBN:
9780231850407
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231165532.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter argues that it would be wisest to posit the cinema of Richard Linklater as the cinematic bridge between European Modernism and American Postmodernism—the “little space in between” Godard ... More


Institutions Encouraging Competition, Instrumentalism, and Meaningless Research

Mats Alvesson, Yiannis Gabriel, and Roland Paulsen

in Return to Meaning: A Social Science with Something to Say

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780198787099
eISBN:
9780191829161
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198787099.003.0003
Subject:
Business and Management, Organization Studies

The rise of mass education has led to mass research—quantity dominates quality. A ruthless institutional competition for status, plus academics pushing to get published in the ‘right’, ... More


Søren Kierkegaard: Subjectivity, Irony, & the Crisis of Modernity

Jon Stewart

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198747703
eISBN:
9780191810657
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747703.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This book is an introductory text that attempts to introduce the thought of Søren Kierkegaard to first-time readers. But unlike most introductions to the Danish thinker that rehearse clichés about ... More


Meaning

David Benatar

in The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780190633813
eISBN:
9780190633844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633813.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This chapter is the first of two chapters concerned with whether life is meaningless. Many people fear that it is. They fear that we are like Sisyphus, who was condemned to pointlessness. The basis ... More


Meaninglessness

David Benatar

in The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780190633813
eISBN:
9780190633844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633813.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This chapter is the second of two chapters concerned with whether life is meaningless. In this chapter, it is argued that life has no meaning sub specie aeternitatis (that is, no purpose or point ... More


Suicide

David Benatar

in The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780190633813
eISBN:
9780190633844
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190633813.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Moral Philosophy

This chapter examines suicide as one response to the human predicament. It is argued that while suicide can bring relief from appalling quality of life, it is not a cost-free exit from the human ... More


Kierkegaard, Heiberg, and History

Jon Stewart

in Søren Kierkegaard: Subjectivity, Irony, & the Crisis of Modernity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198747703
eISBN:
9780191810657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747703.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

Kierkegaard is interested in the problem of the meaninglessness of life. He regards this as an important modern phenomenon that must be taken seriously. This chapter begins a treatment of the second ... More


The Goal of Life

Iddo Landau

in Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190657666
eISBN:
9780190657697
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190657666.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Many associate the meaning of life with the goal, aim, or end of life, asking themselves what they are living for. When they cannot answer this question, they suspect that their lives are ... More


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