Phenomenol​ogy and the Problem of Meaning in Human Life and History

Country: Australia

City: Perth

Abstr. due: 01.09.2014

Dates: 07.12.14 — 12.12.14

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy;

Organizing comittee e-mail: l.ucnik@murdoch.edu.au

Organizers: Murdoch University

 

The problem of meaning is at the heart of phenomenological inquiry. Indeed, it can well be argued to be at the heart of philosophy as such. After all, without meaning there is no sense to be attached to either beauty or truth, either justice or the good. OPO V will take the problem of meaning, and especially its relation to human life and history, as its central focus. Taking meaning as irreducibly plural in character (for there to be meaning at all is for there to be a multiplicity of meanings), OPO V will also give special emphasis to pluralism in philosophy, and to phenomenology's own pluralistic tendencies – a tendency exemplified in the work of the Australian phenomenological pioneer, Alexander Boyce Gibson, Professor at the University of Melbourne from 1935-1966. In 1949 Boyce Gibson wrote:

'At present there are two main approaches to philosophy: the metaphysical and the positivist. My own view is that philosophy has everything to gain from their interfructification and I have built a department out of their differences of opinion'. (quoted in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 14, Melbourne University Press, 1996)

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