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This is the introductory chapter of the book, which aims to say something in response to the following fundamental questions: Who am I? Who are we? and How are we to live together? The book draws on the work of Castoriadis and Taylor in order to say it better. The book is a hermeneutical investigation into what it means to be human, an exploration that takes the form of an explication of the answers that two contemporary thinkers have offered to the three questions. The author begins this exploration with the problem of meaning for two reasons. First, the problem of meaning can be located in a middle ground somewhere between the fields of ontology and anthropology. Second, discussing the problem of meaning provides the ideal context in which to outline the hermeneutical methodology and its 'justification'.

Keywords: anthropology; Castoriadis; hermeneutical methodology; ontology; problem of meaning; Taylor

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