‘Middle Way Philosophy 3: The Integration of Meaning’ by Robert M Ellis

The Middle Way Philosophy series, by Robert M Ellis, aims to give a detailed account of Middle Way Philosophy in 4 volumes. The series aims at a moderately readable academic standard, with full references and bibliography.Middle Way Philosophy 3

This third volume applies the revolutionary view, taken from cognitive science, that meaning is found in our bodies rather than in a relationship between language and reality. The cognitive meaning found in dictionaries and the emotive ‘meaning of life’ cannot be separated.

This approach reveals the basic error of the metaphysical views that often obsess people, which depend on absolute cognitive meaning.  It also provides the basis of an account of how we can integrate meaning. Each new time we connect an experience to a symbol we extend meaning in a way that gives us more resources to develop more adequate beliefs. The practice of integrating meaning can be promoted by the arts, meditation and focusing, and can also involve working to resolve archetypes.

Sections:

  • Our experience of meaning
  • Fragmentation of meaning
  • Fragmenting philosophies
  • The archetypes
  • The process of integrating meaning
  • The practice of integrating meaning
  • Integrative achievement in meaning
  • Political forms of meaning-integration

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