9781137440907

Wittgenstein and Meaning in Life In Search of the Human Voice

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    9781137440907

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    1137440902

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-05-05
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Summary

What could Wittgenstein's body of texts contribute to the rapidly growing literature on life's meaning? This book not only examines Wittgenstein's scattered remarks about value and 'sense of life' but also argues that his philosophy and his 'way of seeing' has far reaching implications for the way current strands in the literature (naturalism, supernaturalism, and nihilism) approach the question of life's meaning. Hosseini argues that Wittgenstein's method of doing philosophy would suggest that the focus should be shifted from finding the metaphysical and theoretical conditions of a meaningful life to an anthropological observation of the ways we enquire about life's meaning. Some of the ideas that Hosseini explores and examines are the relation between meaning in life and 'world-picture', the precedence of life over the intentional pursuit of meaning, the absence of doubt in everyday life, the rejection of theoretical dichotomy between the great and ordinary meaning, and the confessional nature of our enquiry into life's meaning.

Author Biography

Reza Hosseini is a sessional lecturer and a Research Fellow at Rhodes University, South Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Book of Facts, Book of Values
2. The Limits of Justification
3. Aspect-Seeing and Meaning in Life
4. In Defence of the Ordinary

5. On Detachment or Why the Shopkeeper Does Not Investigate His Apples
6. The Human Voice: The Confessionality of Enquiring into Life's Meaning
Coda
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