This paper deals with the question what reality is and how can we describe it. Reality is as such beyond the dichotomy of meaning and meaningless, because it is the soil of every possibility to create such a meaning. A meaning, in other words, can succeed or fail only because it refers to a reality, which is not itself pure meaning. This reality does not need to be a transcendent reality: it is just what meaning is about. This means to forswear the perspective of a meaning and a thing which stay in front of each other. Meaning is a take or grasp on reality but it remains not in front of it. Reality is the space in which meaning can occur, it is its context. The question about the actual grasp of meaning on reality is therefore a question about our act of meaning: when are we really in our meaning?

Keywords: reality, meaning, realism, transcendence, context

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