Article Published: Situating Melancholy in Kierkegaard’s The Concept of Anxiety

My first article has been published today in the journal, Philosophy and Theology. It is published online first and will be in print toward the end of May in Volume 26, No. 1. Subscribers to Philosophy and Theology can download the article here. If you are interested in reading the article but are not a subscriber, feel free to contact me by replying to this post and I will get you a copy.

Abstract for The Dialectic of ‘Meaning’ in Merleau-Ponty’s The Structure of Behavior

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(This abstract was recently accepted by the North Texas Philosophical Association for the 2014 Annual Meeting which will take place at the University of North Texas, April 3-5, 2014. I will be presenting a paper based on this abstract. I am honored to be accepted and eagerly anticipating the conference.)

Drawing on Merleau-Ponty’s first major work, The Structure of Behavior, this paper explores how the concept of meaning can be both connected to the human and to the world. We first look at how the world offers us meaning as displayed in reflex and animal behavior and then turn to the unique human capacity to seek out this meaning. From these descriptions, I argue that meaning is not imposed on the world by the human nor is it intrinsic to the world, but is found in the relation between them forming, what I call, the dialectic of meaning.