Meaning

Soul Killing (Part 4 of “IMUD” Series)

Soul killing. This is the term C.S. Lewis used to describe the notion that meaning is relative and personal.  We might add also that understanding that truth is primarily revealed by logic and reason might have been seen as one of the common tools used to steal life away from living, breathing truth.  Logic and Continue reading Soul Killing (Part 4 of “IMUD” Series)

Imagination and Reason (Part 3 of “IMUD” series)

Imagination and Reason (Part 3 of “IMUD” series)

For Lewis, however, reason and imagination were not separate intellectual tools.  Rather, for Lewis, reason rests on imagination and cannot work without it.  Reason is, by its very nature, imaginative, as it lives in the realm not of “what is” but “what should be” and “what could be.”  Imagination does not exist only in the Continue reading Imagination and Reason (Part 3 of “IMUD” series)

Meaning and Understanding (Part 2 of “IMUD” Series)

The opposite of “meaning” is not “untruth”.  The opposite of “meaning” is “nonsense” also known in some circles as nonsensical, gibberish, baloney or gobblygook.  In other words the opposite of “meaning” or “meaningful” is that which has no clear meaning.  Meaning is the pre-condition for both truth and falseness.  In other words, if there was Continue reading Meaning and Understanding (Part 2 of “IMUD” Series)

Where is meaning found?  (Part 1 of “IMUD” Series)

Where is meaning found? (Part 1 of “IMUD” Series)

C.S. Lewis’ book entitled Abolition of Man gives us some important thoughts on the meaning of “meaning.”  Three key points include: 1—Meaning is not to be found only in ones inner perception of a thing. 2—Another person’s interpretation of my perception of a thing very much depends, to use another phrase from another of Lewis’ Continue reading Where is meaning found? (Part 1 of “IMUD” Series)