International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

, Volume 80, Issue 2, pp 199–203 | Cite as

Reza Hosseini: Wittgenstein and meaning in life: in search of the human voice

Palgrave Macmillan, London and New York, 2015, vii + 179 pp, $95 (cloth)
  • R. J. Ray
Book Review

This book’s title is apt. Reza Hosseini’s monograph, Wittgenstein and Meaning in Life: In Search of the Human Voice, in an elucidation both provocative and fecund, weaves together three titular concerns: Wittgenstein, issues of meaning in life, and grammatical reclamation of the human in the flow of ordinary life. Hosseini’s concern is whether “meaningfulness is at least as important, if not more, as morality or happiness in providing a justifiable account of a good life” (p. 1). Hosseini states his book meets a seeming lacunae within the burgeoning literature on meaning in life this way: “[A]mong English-speaking philosophers, what would a Wittgensteinian view add to it?” (p. 12) Hosseini’s engagement seeks to be non-metaphysical, places a ‘primacy on practice’, and follows an ‘anthropological approach’. He asserts, “My aim is to show the ‘connecting link’ between life and meaning in everyday life” (p. 6).

The “Introduction” delineates three main strands of interpretation in meaning...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyNortheast State Community CollegeBlountvilleUSA

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