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Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica

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FREITAS, Marta Helena de et al. The meanings of meaning: a phenomenological reading. Rev. abordagem gestalt. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.2, pp. 144-154. ISSN 1809-6867.

In this article we carried out a phenomenological reading of the notion of meaning and its multiple meanings. Starting from an initial target to the definitions provided in the dictionaries term, such a multiplicity of meanings is discussed in light of the Husserlian concept of "intentionality" and understood from the Merleau-Ponty propose about "rehabilitation of the sensible." Getting back the term direction from its physical and sensory meanings to those of idealized nature, relational and teleological, considering them as a whole expressed in a single term and points to a conscious life based in the field of body experience prepredicative unfolding in reflective experience, intersubjective and transcendental. Thus, the word order shows up as a kind of multiplicity unified and, therefore, considered that paradigm: pure "showing" the perceptual process, before which one has the contradiction-continuity of immanence (the immediately data) and transcendence (what goes beyond the immediately given). We discuss the implications of this understanding to a psychology that is effective in the process of understanding the fundamental human experience inserted in the living world.

Keywords : Meaning; Phenomenology; Intentionality; Husserl; Merleau-Ponty.

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