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AuthorBlocker, Gene. author
TitleThe Meaning of Meaninglessness [electronic resource] / by Gene Blocker
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1974
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-2033-6
Descript XV, 146 p. online resource

SUMMARY

What does "meaningless" mean? On the one hand, it signifies simply the absence or lack of meaning. "Zabool" is meaningless just because it doesn't happen to mean anything. "Green flees timeยญ lessly" is meaningless, despite a certain semblance of sense, because it runs afoul of certain fundamental rules of linguistic construction. On the other hand, "meaningless" characterizes that peculiar psychoยญ logical state of dread and anxiety much discussed, if not discovered, by the French shortly after the Second World War. The first is primarily linguistic, focusing attention on emotionally neutral questions of linguistic meaning. The second is nonlinguistic, indicating a painful probing of the social psychology of an era, a clinical and literary analysis of 20th century Romanticism. On the one hand, a job for the professional philosopher; on the other hand, a task for the literary critic and the social historian. Is any useful purpose served in trying to combine these two, very different concerns? As the title of this book suggests, I think there is


CONTENT

1. The Diversity of Meaning -- 2. The Unity of Meaning -- 3. Meaning and Meaninglessness -- 4. The Tragic Sense of Meaninglessness -- 5. Back to Square One


Philosophy Epistemology Philosophy Epistemology



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