Ecclesiastes 3:1-15: Reconciling Abjection Within Confinium
Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Religious Studies
We derive meaning in Ecclesiastes through a process of abjection—by removing anomie from the synthesis of nomic and/or anomic forces that are irreconcilable. We, as readers, remove the capricious and chaotic anomic pressures of perceived reality to achieve meaning within life; which is reified in the guise of dogma and ethics. These standards are used to qualify meaning within a process of reification supplied by the reader. Meaning is found within the confinium of separate spheres of influence competing for voice.
abjection, Ecclesiastes, confinium, wisdom literature, reader response
© Robert R. Schafer
Schafer, Robert R., "Ecclesiastes 3:1-15: Reconciling Abjection Within Confinium" (2006). MSU Graduate Theses. 2589.