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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: f. Scepticism does not Threaten Meaning

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44163


Scepticism is wrongly accused of threatening meaning. The accusation that it undermines absolute religious beliefs that are a source of meaningfulness depends on the confusion of profound religious experience with absolute beliefs that have no necessary relationship with it. Wittgenstein’s accusation that scepticism is meaningless depends on the questionable assumptions that scepticism makes absolute claims, that belief precedes meaning, and that meaning is judged by communicative function rather than being an experience.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'