Nothingness and the Meaning of Life: Philosophical Approaches to Ultimate Meaning Through Nothing and Reflexivity

2015.02.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Waghorn, Nothingness and the Meaning of Life: Philosophical Approaches to Ultimate Meaning Through Nothing and
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2015.02.37 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Nicholas Waghorn, Nothingness and the Meaning of Life: Philosophical Approaches to Ultimate Meaning Through Nothing and Reflexivity, Bloomsbury, 2014, 299pp., $112.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781472531810. Reviewed by David Lee Stegall, Clemson University Nicholas Waghorn's book takes its inspiration from a familiar problem, which plagues any offered answer to the question "What is the meaning of life". Whatever one offers, be it an achievement, trait, crystalized idea, etc., can always be undermined by what Waghorn labels "the problem of reflexive iteration". Reflexive iteration is defined by him as "the capacity one has to draw limits to a certain thought or experience, and then proceed to project the possibility of continuance of that thought or experience beyond those limits" (p. 102). In short, if one says that the meaning of life is to serve the needs of others, one can always be faced with the reply of "so. . .

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