Language, Meaning, and Culture: Research in the Humanities
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Human beings are story-telling animals. We play out our lives in complex and interactive narratives that constitute our individual and collective lives; taken altogether, such narratives constitute the self-understanding of a people and time. It should be acknowledged that this remains relative and a relational matter; that there exists no master-narrative in the sense that there is a final way that the world is. There is no one way that things or people must be; this is so of the physical world of objects no less than the life-world of human beings. Even so, as Physics aspires to a full account of the relations of things in a systematic and formal theory, Humanistic studies can aspire to a full account of the relations of human beings in an informal and unsystematic narrative. Even if not aspiring to a closed theoretical system, a narrative of cultural life can be assimilated into a coherent conceptual frame and historical account.
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Kimmel, L. (2015). Language, meaning, and culture: Research in the humanities. In A.-T. Tymieniecka (Ed.), Analecta Husserliana: Vol. 115. From sky and earth to metaphysics (pp. 249-260). doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9063-5_20