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Thursday, November 27, 2008

an anti-metaphysical approach to existential meaning

Stumbled upon this thesis a while back--
The anti-metaphysical approach to meaning does not say ‘this is meaningful that is not meaningful’ but it says ‘there can be different meanings’. So a metaphysical approach to the meaning of life can also find a place for itself in the anti-metaphysical one. Neither later Wittgenstein nor later Nietzsche tell what the meaning is but say that meaning can be divergent. Anti-metaphysical approach to meaning does not lead to a nihilistic attitude as Heller claims but rather by introducing multiplicity of grounds and diversity of meanings it gives room to different remedies to our existential problems. The right answer to our existential problems is the one that leaves us in peace that we do not need to be concerned about anymore. But this peaceful state of mind cannot be achieved via one kind of method. Sometimes a nice poem cures our existential illnesses and sometimes just the voice of another person in the house makes us feel at ease.

Nietzsche and Wittgenstein: An Anti-Metaphysical Approach to Existential Meaning
Serife Tekin - [pdf] [abstract]

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately." -Montaigne

I just read that on your site. I like it. I think he speaks on my behalf.

-Chris

Mike said...

I think he speaks on behalf of all of us, unfortunately. (fortunately?)