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Philosophia

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 1247–1256 | Cite as

Is Life’s Meaning Ultimately Unthinkable?: Guy Bennett-Hunter on the Ineffable

  • Thaddeus MetzEmail author
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Abstract

In this critical notice of Guy Bennett-Hunter’s Ineffability and Religious Experience, I focus on claims he makes about what makes a life meaningful. According to Bennett-Hunter, for human life to be meaningful it must obtain its meaning from what is beyond the human and is ineffable, which constitutes an ultimate kind of meaning. I spell out Bennett-Hunter’s rationale for making this claim, raise some objections to it, and in their wake articulate an alternative conception of ultimate meaning.

Keywords

God Ineffability Meaning of life Philosophy of religion Religious existentialism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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