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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: f. Socio-political Integration of Meaning Practices

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44197


Meaning is integrated at the shared socio-political level through communication in which all participants share sufficient of the meaning of symbols being employed. Ethical failings in communication, like lying, disrupt that shared meaning. Ritual also depends for its communal integrative effects on shared meaning, which needs to be ensured by ritual leaders rather than relying on representationalist assumptions. Longer term integration of meaning practice is supported by education in the arts, and by meaningful education in general taking embodiment into account. The further conditions for these require political support, and politics itself also requires meaning integration.

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