meaningless

Linked Glossary of Terms
(references to De Wijsbegeerte der Wetsidee, unless indicated. See concordance for correlation with pages in the New Critique. The concordance is in pdf format.)

meaningless NC II, 33
meaninglessness III, 11

NC III, 30

Baader says that if the concept cannot be shown to relate to the center, it is meaningless (Begründung109; Werke 15, 160).

Dooyeweerd speaks of dread, emptiness and meaninglessness when the world seems to be shut up in itself. This occurs even for Christians, because we are all affected by the fall:

Because he is not exempt from the solidarity of the fall into sin, every Christian knows the emptiness of an experience of the temporal world which seems to be shut up in itself. He knows the impersonal attitude of a “man” in the routine of common life and the dread of nothingness, the meaningless, if he tries to find himself again in ‘existential isolation.’ (NC III, 30).

But Dooyeweerd says that even in the most extreme apostasy, without the restraining influence of cosmic time, the reality would not be totally meaningless (NC II, 33).

Revised Dec 27/04