Editorial: Sense and Worldview

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Abstract

This issue of Philosophical Pathways deals with the question of
sense. What is sense? What makes sense? What is the meaning of sense?
How do we make sense of the world?... The one who thinks to find
answers to these questions in this issue will be disappointed.
Disappointed, not only because the articles of Nicole Note, Tom
Vanwing and Pieter Meurs, Manoranjan Mallick and Vikram Sirola employ
the typical philosopher's toolbox: raising more questions rather than
giving answers. Disappointed also, because the various articles do
not stem from the same background and perspective. Sense, meaning,
world, and thought are conceived in contrasting ways and are
interpreted differently throughout the various treatments. And this
latter reason is no coincidence. In order to really open the dialogue
on sense, I have selected three essays that not only excavate
different points of view, but also start from differing premisses.
The motive for this fragmented choice lies in the idea that sense as
such can only speak for itself. There is no speech or thought that
can completely grasp or coincide with sense. Sense is precisely that
what withdraws from speech or thought. It is what creeps or sneaks in
between words. It binds words together without itself being
expressible. Maybe it is precisely this what links together the three
selected articles: the idea that words can not grasp the sense of
sense, the sense of the world.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalPhilosophy Pathways
Issue number190
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • worldview
  • sense
  • philosophy

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