A distinguished Scandinavian scholar has undertaken a fresh study of themes he examined in earlier writings. Meaning and Method contains the results of Nygren's lifetime of thought, addressed to the most fundamental concerns of philosophy and theology.
In this book Anders Nygren delves into these and other questions: What is the meaning of "meaning"? What are we to do when one person declares meaningless what another finds supremely meaningful? Is there any way of knowing which is right? Can we arrive at a common understanding of what is meaningful? The author contends that contemporary philosophy does point to such a common understanding.
Philosophy, as put forth by Nygren, involves a recognition of diverse "contexts of meaning." Through philosophy we can also develop a method by which the validity of these contexts may be "scientifically" tested. Nygren shows that the debate about the meaningfulness of religious language is not insoluble. He further establishes the scientific status of the two disciplines concerned with religious language--theology and the philosophy of religion. The author's approach calls for drastic revision in these disciplines, and he indicates many new directions for future work in them. Students and specialists will be fascinated by Nygren's own account of the philosophical ideas undergirding his theological work. This book also makes a major contribution to today's questions in both philosophy and theology.