Meaning and Meaningfulness

  • Geoffrey Thurley


The analysis of the evolution of language in the modern world reveals a troubling paradox at the heart of our dominant philosophy. The empiricist philosophers enjoy a dual personality. In England and America, they are celebrated as the founders of modern philosophy, because of the way they exorcised the various religious and metaphysical ghosts from the human machine. On the Continent, on the other hand, they are generally thought of as solipsists, men who reduced the world to private sensation.1


Logical Opposite Modern Philosophy Existent Feeling Religious Feeling Divine Comedy 
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  1. 7.
    See Mircea Eliade, Shamanism tr. W. Trask (London, 1964) ch. 1.Google Scholar
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    J. Hick, Faith and Knowledge (London, 1967) p. 3.Google Scholar
  3. 11.
    G. Lukâcs, The Historical Novel tr. H. and S. Mitchell (London, 1962) p. 20 (also et seq.).Google Scholar

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