“What on Earth is the World?”
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Is the world really there? Is the ‘world’ the same as the ‘planet earth’? Does the world exist outside of my own thinking? These are some issues that I will address in my public lecture, ‘What on Earth is the World!?’. My aim will be to open up a way for us to think about the world of our everyday lives. I will begin with a discussion of the mind/body distinction that underpins our modern understanding. According to such an understanding, the ‘world’ is taken to be a container where all the things ‘outside’ of us are located. However, I want to ask: is this how we primarily experience the world? Drawing on the work of Martin Heidegger I argue no! It is not! Instead, I will attempt to offer a different way for us to think about the world. Specifically, I will argue that, primarily, we are immersed in a meaningful world that is so close to us that we do not even see it.