A version of this article first appeared in Northern Earth Issue 128, Winter 2011, pp. 16 22. Long distance journeys to the Stonehenge area are now known to have been made in this period by cattle from a variety of grazing areas in different parts of Britain(ii), including in all likelihood Preseli.
To find meaning and significance in human life, there are some fundamental questions that must be wrestled with: Is meaning something that we have? Something that is added on to our being? Or, is meaning what we are fundamentally? Is meaning our existence?The proposed paper will explore these questions by examining the notions of essence and existence, meaning and significance, and monistic versus dualistic approaches to understanding the world. By pointing out some of the inconsistencies that occur in a dualist framework with regards to meaning as something additional to being, this paper will show that the unity within a monist paradigm secures meaning as inherent to human being, not something added to it, and so endorses a more robust understanding of meaning. This move highlights the contingency, and not self sufficiency, of human beings and all created things as meaning as being points to something beyond created things.The main support for this paper will come from the Dutch philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd (1894 1977), as well as from other philosophers working in the neo Calvinist tradition, such as Alvin Plantinga. Using Dooyeweerd’s dictum that ‘Meaning is the being of all creaturely things’ as our starting point, I will endeavour to show that the fullest form of meaning and significance is not something added on to human being, but is the essence of human being. This paper will argue that meaning as being points to the necessary contingencies of human nature. As, like Charles Taylor opines, there is a felt sense of loss and malaise with the eclipse of transcendence, Dooyeweerd’s position shows that meaning as being is rooted in a contingent reliance of humanity on the transcendent.
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