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p. 563. The eclipse of meaninglocked

  • Terry Eagleton

Abstract

How, in a world where sense-making is so frail and fragmentary, can we recognise a resplendent meaning? If the world is indeterminate, then despair is not possible. ‘The eclipse of meaning’ considers that an ambiguous reality, as that which we see, leaves room for hope for a meaning to it all. Meaning is an endlessly unfinished process. For the most part, ‘inherent’ meanings are pieces of our language that get at what exists. We can talk of meanings as built into things. It is possible that life could have an ‘inherent’ meaning which none of us knows anything about, which is different from the various meanings we fashion from it in our individual lives.

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