Both implicit and existential meaning are important constructs in fully understanding human experience. The editors of this volume present a forum for an array of viewpoints and recent research that address the notion of optimal human growth.

Philosophical Foundations of Existential Meaning

Philosophical foundations of existential meaning
Gary M.Kenyon

The notion of existential meaning has its roots in the literature and insights of existentialist philosophy and existential phenomenology. In what follows, these insights will be explored by means of the concept of personal existence (Kenyon, 1988). Personal existence is best characterized as a metaphor or ontological image of human nature. As such, it is a lens through which the philosophical foundations of existential meaning can be made visible. The notion of personal existence is inspired by the work of such central existentialist thinkers as Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Gabriel Marcel (references to specific works of these authors will appear throughout the chapter).

The focus of this chapter will be on the aspect ...

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