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Sense, existence and justice, or, how to live in a secular world?

Ignaas Devisch UGent and Kathleen Vandeputte UGent (2010) SYNTHESIS PHILOSOPHICA. 25(1). p.149-160
abstract
It has been taken for granted that in western modernity we are dealing with a secularised world, an atheistic world where religion is no longer reigning the public sphere. In other words: a world where sense lies outside the world towards a world where sense is situated within it. If we follow the line of thought French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy sets out in his books The Sense of the World and Dis-closure, we have to think world not as what has its sense within itself, but as what is sense itself. To live in a secular world, means to live in a world which is sense, a world that has become responsible for itself but never closes in itself. Nancy, thereby inspired by Martin Heidegger, claims that in a secularised world it is no longer a question of whether the world has sense, but that the world is sense. If we want to be atheists today, Nancy concludes, we no longer have to do with the question, “why is there something in general?” but with the answer, “there is something, and that alone makes sense.
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Sinn, Existenz und Gerechtigkeit, oder, wie leben in der säkularen Welt?
Sens, existence et justice, ou comment vivre dans un monde sécularisé?
Smisao, egzistencija i pravda, ili, kako živjeti u sekularnom svijetu?
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Luc Nancy, Christianity, secularization, world, existence, sense
journal title
SYNTHESIS PHILOSOPHICA
Synth. Philos.
volume
25
issue
1
pages
149 - 160
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Article
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000282761700013
ISSN
0352-7875
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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888129
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-888129
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http://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=88380
date created
2010-03-02 20:08:24
date last changed
2011-07-14 14:54:05
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  author       = {Devisch, Ignaas and Vandeputte, Kathleen},
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  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {149--160},
  title        = {Sense, existence and justice, or, how to live in a secular world?},
  url          = {http://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak\&id\_clanak\_jezik=88380},
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}

Chicago
Devisch, Ignaas, and Kathleen Vandeputte. 2010. “Sense, Existence and Justice, or, How to Live in a Secular World?” Synthesis Philosophica 25 (1): 149–160.
APA
Devisch, Ignaas, & Vandeputte, K. (2010). Sense, existence and justice, or, how to live in a secular world? SYNTHESIS PHILOSOPHICA, 25(1), 149–160.
Vancouver
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Devisch I, Vandeputte K. Sense, existence and justice, or, how to live in a secular world? SYNTHESIS PHILOSOPHICA. 2010;25(1):149–60.
MLA
Devisch, Ignaas, and Kathleen Vandeputte. “Sense, Existence and Justice, or, How to Live in a Secular World?” SYNTHESIS PHILOSOPHICA 25.1 (2010): 149–160. Print.