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The Felt Meanings of World: A Metaphysics of Feeling First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0911198768
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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Purdue University Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911198768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911198768
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I have come to the conclusion that phenomenology is truly one of the only worthwhile and honest branches of philosophy, and Smith's book is one of the most interesting and thorough examples of phenomenological reflection published in America. His knowledge of the history of philosophy is impressive, and he mounts a convincing attack on the history of rational philosophy and its eventually termination in nihilism. He proceeds in part II to develop a phenomenological theory of value that is very insightful, although it ultimately is as vulnerable to charges of subjectivism as all phenenonology. A great work. A must read: well written, but dense.
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The second, expanded edition, has a new and substantial Foreward, which focuses on an assumption widely but implicitly accepted by thinkers ranging from contemporary analytic theist philosophers to postmodernists. The second edition will be published in 2005 by Purdue University Press. The assumption, common since Plato, is that the world's ground, or groundlessness, is what we are interested in when we intuitively ask "What is the world's meaning?" This assumption is dubious. The world's having a reason for existing is relevant to us only because it has a felt meaning, such as numinousness. If the world lacks a reason for existing, this is of interest only because the world's groundlessness has the felt meaning of emptiness. It falsely seems to us that it matters if the world has a reason for existing or not. What really matters is the experiencing of the felt meanings, numinousness or emptiness. This suggests there are other felt meanings of the world, having nothing to do with whether it has or lacks a reason for existing, such as its infinite immensity. This has the felt meaning of tremendousness. Philosophers from Plato onwards have searched for a reason for the world, by-passing what a closer look shows really matters to us, namely, the felt meanings of the world.
One of the better books influenced by the 1986 edition is Arthur Witherall's THE PROBLEM OF EXISTENCE (Ashgate Publishers); he has a genuine understanding of the basic approach of THE FELT MEANINGS OF THE WORLD and also develops, a novel, original theory of his own.

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