Beyond the Meaning Given. The Meaning as Explanandum

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The paper starts from the recognition of Bruner’s contribution to the development of psychological science. It is claimed here that to proceed in that direction requires the building of an analytical notion of meaning. This analytical notion should distinguish between meaning-making and sensemaking, namely between the processes of elaboration and use of meaning (meaning-making) and the processes that makes the meaning emerge to be lived as psychological reality (sense-making). In order to discuss this distinction, two main issues are addressed – the limit of the hypostatized view of meaning and the dynamics of presentification through which meaning is endowed with value of life. These two issues are complementary – together they push psychology to search for a theoretical and methodological framework where meaning can be investigated as an emergent psychological phenomenon, and not only taken for granted as a premise.

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Salvatore, S. Beyond the Meaning Given. The Meaning as Explanandum. Integr. psych. behav. 53, 632–643 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12124-019-9472-z

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Keywords

  • Sense-making
  • Meaning making