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The Experience of Meaning
By (author): Jan Zwicky
Jan Zwicky

Imprint:

McGill-Queen's University Press

ISBN:

9780773557437

Product Form:

Paperback

Form detail:

Trade
Paperback , Trade
English

Audience:

General Trade
May 30, 2019
$29.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

229 x 152 mm | 380 gr

Page Count:

248 pages

Illustrations:

5 b&w photos, 18 drawings
McGill-Queen's University Press
PHILOSOPHY / Epistemology
  • Short Description
A provocative exploration of the experience of meaning, and a clarion call for its recovery in contemporary culture.
A provocative exploration of the experience of meaning, and a clarion call for its recovery in contemporary culture.

The aim of this book is a recovery of interest in the experience of meaning. Jan Zwicky defends the claim that we experience meaning in the apprehension of wholes and their internal structural relations, providing examples of such insight in mathematics and physics, literature, music, and Plato's ancient theory of forms. Taken together, these essays constitute a powerful indictment of the aggressive reductionism and the reliance on calculative modes of thought that dominate our present conception of understanding. The Experience of Meaning proposes a more just epistemology, arguing for a new grammar of thought, a new way of understanding the relationship of human intelligence to the world. Engaging with philosophy, psychology, literature, fine arts, music, and environmental studies in a profound way, The Experience of Meaning will interest any reader who ponders the question of meaning and its relation to true human expression.

Jan Zwicky, an internationally recognized poet and scholar, has held appointments at numerous universities including Princeton, the University of Alberta, and the University of Victoria. She is the author of several books, including Alkibiades' Love: Essays in Philosophy.

"Rich and thought-provoking, The Experience of Meaning will change the way you see the world. I literally could not put this book down and I think all readers will be as entranced as I was, although it may resonate differently in each of them." Marjorie Senechal, Smith College

"The Experience of Meaning is a courageous, profound book – broad in scope, yet scholarly and concise. It is truly a joy to read." Nina Belmonte, University of Victoria

"The Experience of Meaning paints a troubling portrait of our age. Unmitigated allegiance to rational, technocratic logic has annihilated our ability to perceive meaning. To revive this capacity would mean seeing our world anew. Not needing words to descr

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