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Humanities 2017, 6(3), 55; doi:10.3390/h6030055

Not Its Own Meaning: A Hermeneutic of the World

Independent Scholar, Veldhoven, The Netherlands
Received: 28 June 2017 / Revised: 14 July 2017 / Accepted: 28 July 2017 / Published: 2 August 2017
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Abstract

The contemporary cultural mindset posits that the world has no intrinsic semantic value. The meaning we see in it is supposedly projected onto the world by ourselves. Underpinning this view is the mainstream physicalist ontology, according to which mind is an emergent property or epiphenomenon of brains. As such, since the world beyond brains isn’t mental, it cannot a priori evoke anything beyond itself. But a consistent series of recent experimental results suggests strongly that the world may in fact be mental in nature, a hypothesis openly discussed in the field of foundations of physics. In this essay, these experimental results are reviewed and their hermeneutic implications discussed. If the world is mental, it points to something beyond its face-value appearances and is amenable to interpretation, just as ordinary dreams. In this case, the project of a Hermeneutic of Everything is metaphysically justifiable. View Full-Text
Keywords: meaning; hermeneutics; ontology; foundations of physics; mental universe; idealism; non-dualism meaning; hermeneutics; ontology; foundations of physics; mental universe; idealism; non-dualism
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