Category Archives: On Meaning

On Meaning: An Interview (Part #7)

By: Patrick   Read the previous part of the interview here.   Interviewer: What about marginal cases, in which the person is – arguably – incapable of loving, such as a miscarried baby, or a person in a ‘persistent vegetative state’? … Continue reading

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On Meaning: An Interview (Part #6)

By: Patrick   Read the previous part of the interview here.   Interviewer: Are there specific things that are fundamentally necessary for a meaningful life? Some may suggest that experiencing love, or living for a certain minimum amount of time, or … Continue reading

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On Meaning: An Interview (Part #5)

By: Patrick   Read the previous part of the interview here.   Interviewer: Albert Camus made a famous reading of the Greek myth of Sisyphus in which he characterized human life as fundamentally absurd. The image of a man forced by … Continue reading

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On Meaning: An Interview (Part #4)

By: Patrick   Read the previous part of the interview here.   Interviewer: This seems to connect with something you touched on earlier, about definition. To define is to make a thing distinct, clear – definite. In boredom, the overwhelming feeling … Continue reading

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On Meaning: An Interview (Part #3)

By: Patrick   Read the previous part of the interview here.   Interviewer: 
In your recent paper ‘Boredom and Consciousness’ you suggest that boredom may be as much a solution to the problem of meaninglessness as a cause or symptom. By … Continue reading

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On Meaning: An Interview (Part #2)

By: Patrick   Read the first part of the interview here.   Interviewer: That seems like an important distinction, between ‘the meaning’ and the ‘meaningfulness’ of a thing. Yet, why is meaningfulness necessarily important at all? I can imagine a life … Continue reading

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On Meaning: An Interview (Part #1)

By: Patrick   Interviewer: In daily life we refer to different kinds of meanings: we talk about the meaning of a person’s actions, the meaning of a word, the meaning of life. What sort of meaning that you have in … Continue reading

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