Philosophy And The Meaning Of Life
Author: Julian Baggini
Publisher: Granta Books
This book is aimed at the reader who is serious about confronting the big issues in life but is turned off by books which deal with them through religion, spirituality or 'psycho-babble'. It is for people who want an honest, intelligent discussion which doesn't hide from the difficulties or make undeliverable promises. It aims to help the reader to understand the overlooked issues behind the obvious questions and shows how philosophy does not so much answer them as help provide us with the resources to answer them for ourselves.
Author: Julian Young
What is the meaning of life? In the post-modern, post-religious scientific world, this question is becoming a preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major figures in philosophy had something to say on the subject, as Julian Young so vividly illustrates in this thought-provoking book. Part One of the book presents an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Hegel and Marx who have believed in some sort of meaning of life, either in some supposed 'other' world or in the future of this world. Part Two looks at what happened when the traditional structures that provided life with meaning ceased to be believed. With nothing to take their place, these structures gave way to the threat of nihilism, to the appearance that life is meaningless. Julian Young looks at the responses to this threat in the work of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Foucault and Derrida. This compelling and highly engaging exploration of fundamental values will captivate anyone who's ever asked themselves where life's meaning (if there is one) really lies. It also makes a perfect historical introduction to philosophy.
Author: Terry Eagleton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
We have all wondered about the meaning of life. But is there an answer? Terry Eagleton takes a stimulating look at this most compelling of questions, and suggests that the problem of the meaning of life arose with modernity. He looks at the cultural and philosophical reasons for this, and examines the meaninglessness that appears to plague our times. After surveying a variety of possible candidates, Eagleton suggests his own surprising conclusion.
Author: Terry Eagleton
Publisher: OUP Oxford
We have all wondered about the meaning of life. But is there an answer? And do we even really know what we're asking? Terry Eagleton takes a stimulating and quirky look at this most compelling of questions: at the answers explored in philosophy and literature; at the crisis of meaning in modern times; and suggests his own solution to how we might rediscover meaning in our lives.
Selected Writings of Leo Tolstoy
Author: Maureen Cote
Publisher: Nova Publishers
Lev Tolstoy, one of the greatest writers in world literature, is best known to English-language readers for his masterpieces War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Tolstoy, however, was an extremely prolific writer on many topics including spiritual themes. To better understand the Gospels he taught himself Greek and Hebrew. This book contains materials which present the essence of Tolstoy's beliefs on immortality, death, God, and the meaning of life.
Author: Dean Gualco
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
"This leads to my definition of life. In many ways, it is quite simple: It is using your talents to, in some small way, make a difference in this world. Whether it's working with the environment, or our educational system, or those with physical or mental challenges, or those in the dawn or twilight of their lives, meaning is achieved by working towards and leaving behind something of value to the next generation. It matters little whether your aspiration or dream was realized: we'll never have world peace, or feed the hungry, or avoid catastrophic diseases or illnesses. What matters is that you tried, that you worked to make the world a better place. What matters is that, when you look back over your life, you can say that you fought the good fight, that you did what was right, and that you made a difference in this world. " In "The Meaning of Life," author Dean Gualco tackles an assortment of questions that many of us have asked at one point or other: Why are we here? What is our purpose? How does one lead a decent and honorable life? Divided into five sections, "The Meaning of Life" seeks to provide the answers. With discussions that include determining what you stand for, doing the best with what you have, and living life with the knowledge that it goes by in a blink, Gualco provides a thought-provoking study of an issue that has perplexed man for centuries.
According to the Great and the Good
Author: Richard Kinnier,Jerry Kernes,Nancy Tribbensee,Tina Van Puymbroeck
Publisher: Palazzo Editions Limited
Charlie Chaplin called it "a tragedy in close-up"; Bob Dylan said it was a joke. Through the centuries, many eminent figures have opined on the meaning of life. Based on a recent study of the subject, this book offers 365 astute observations—from Muhammad Ali and Maya Angelou to Oscar Wilde and Tennessee Williams. Richard Kinnier, psychology professor at Arizona State University, has analyzed quotations from hundreds of eminent figures to determine their thoughts on this eternal question. Ten themes emerged from this study of life's meaning: Life is to be enjoyed; We are here to help others; The meaning of life is a mystery; Life is meaningless; We are here to serve God; Life is a struggle; We are here to contribute to society; We are here to seek wisdom and self-actualization; We must create meaning for ourselves; Life is absurd. Using the study as its basis, this compendium offers up an eclectic selection of quotations from "the Great and the Good." Some are profound, others are witty—all of them are true.
Author: S. L. Frank,Boris Jakim
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Originally published in Russian in 1925, The Meaning of Life is a distillation of S.L. Frank's bitter experience during the Revolution and his post-Revolution exile. It is, quite simply, a book about the search for meaning in suffering, and it displays an extraordinary spiritual profundity rooted in personal experience. Translator Boris Jakim calls it "the closest thing we have in the twenty-first century to the book of Job." Jakim's masterful translation into English brings Frank's powerful thought to a world still ù and always ù searching for meaning. Boris Jakim is one of the foremost living translators of Russian religious thought into English.
Author: Professor of Philosophy John Cottingham,John Cottingham
Publisher: Psychology Press
The question "What is the meaning of life?W is one of the most fascinating, oldest and most difficult questions human beings have ever posed themselves. In this work, John Cottingham assesses some of the most influential attempts to explain it.
questions, answers, and analysis
Author: Steven Sanders,David R. Cheney
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Author: Paul Thagard
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Why is life worth living? What makes actions right or wrong? What is reality and how do we know it? The Brain and the Meaning of Life draws on research in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to answer some of the most pressing questions about life's nature and value. Paul Thagard argues that evidence requires the abandonment of many traditional ideas about the soul, free will, and immortality, and shows how brain science matters for fundamental issues about reality, morality, and the meaning of life. The ongoing Brain Revolution reveals how love, work, and play provide good reasons for living. Defending the superiority of evidence-based reasoning over religious faith and philosophical thought experiments, Thagard argues that minds are brains and that reality is what science can discover. Brains come to know reality through a combination of perception and reasoning. Just as important, our brains evaluate aspects of reality through emotions that can produce both good and bad decisions. Our cognitive and emotional abilities allow us to understand reality, decide effectively, act morally, and pursue the vital needs of love, work, and play. Wisdom consists of knowing what matters, why it matters, and how to achieve it. The Brain and the Meaning of Life shows how brain science helps to answer questions about the nature of mind and reality, while alleviating anxiety about the difficulty of life in a vast universe. The book integrates decades of multidisciplinary research, but its clear explanations and humor make it accessible to the general reader.
Author: Jeff Noonan
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
The long tradition of pessimism in philosophy and poetry notoriously laments suffering caused by vulnerabilities of the human body. The most familiar and contemporary version is antinatalism, the view that it is wrong to bring sentient life into existence because birth inevitably produces suffering. Technotopianism, which stems from a similarly negative view of embodied limitations, claims that we should escape sickness and death through radical human-enhancement technologies. In Embodiment and the Meaning of Life Jeff Noonan presents pessimism and technotopianism as two sides of the same coin, as both begin from the premise that the limitations of embodied life are inherently negative. He argues that rather than rendering life pointless, the tragic failures that mark life are fundamental to the good of human existence. The necessary limitations of embodied being are challenges for each person to live well, not only for their own sake, but for the sake of the future of the human project. Meaning is not a given, Noonan suggests, but rather the product of labour upon ourselves, others, and the world. Meaningful labour is threatened equally by unjust social systems and runaway technological development that aims to replace human action, rather than liberate it. Calling on us to draw conceptual connections between finitude, embodiment, and the meaning of life, this book shows that seeking the common good is our most viable and materially realistic source of optimism about the future.
Author: D. J. Pedi
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
This book is about the consistency of mindset and how one idea will always produce another idea of the same nature. This is also a book about provision. Provision guarantees that all things, whether event or idea, can be reinterpreted as to not leave us without a way out. As the principal of reinterpretation begins to take form it will expose the hypocrisy in mind set and illustrate through this that opposites cannot be truly achieved but only imagined. We live in a world of fallacy and opposites called hypocrisy. It is through hypocrisy that the whole world in which we see contains enemies and opposition as we deem them. But more so it is the very nature of hypocrisy that we do not see that all words and phrases are only exchanged. This book is about the total agreement of all mankind though it is not seen as such, which again is the very nature of hypocrisy itself. This book will give you a glimpse into the truth of utter oneness in all things and why hypocrisy although experienced cannot be truly achieved. For example, have you ever noticed that we all really do and say the same things? All that is really happening is that words and phrases are being exchanged by all. But for what purpose ? What entered our mindset that we cannot see past ourselves? Many people acknowledge their ego but still experience its weight, why? Because they give it strength, but why? There is a common thread that keeps us bound. This book identifies what that thread is and it is something which does not even exist. This thread is so utterly believed by all the world that it will seem impossible to escape it, and by yourself you can not. The whole world is built upon it. It is everywhere you go and every thing you see. It is where ever your foot hits the floor. Why does everyone want to know what you believe? Does this not give belief itself its very stronghold. When something becomes of value is it not then fought over? And when it is fought over, in that very moment, isnOt it that both agree that it has value? Such is hypocrisy, all fighting over the exact same thing, the fear of loss. When I was shown the utter magnitude of this it was not without the provision for its utter escape. This book is about such a provision.
What 35 Years of Running Have Taught Me About Winning, Losing, Happiness, Humility, and the Human Heart
Author: Amby Burfoot
Category: Sports & Recreation
After 35 years of running, champion marathoner Amby Burfoot shares the wisdom and insights he has gained along the way in this first book of a new series of Daybreak books that find the spiritual message in seemingly ordinary activities.
Author: Daniel Klein
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Fifty years ago, Daniel Klein began studying philosophy at Harvard University, hoping to find an answer to that most burning of questions: what is the best way to live my life? He thought the great philosophers would be able to give him some ideas, or at least some clues. But, aside from the occasional hint, all he got were more questions, ones which philosophers thought needed answering first. They included ‘what is the meaning of meaning?’ and ‘how can we know what is true?’ Now in his seventies and looking back on his life, Klein brings us a personal commentary on the great philosophical pronouncements he’s collected over the years. Told with the same brilliantly dry sense of humor that made Travels with Epicurus so popular, Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life is an eminently readable series of thoughts on wise words.
Author: Raymond A. Belliotti
This book examines core concerns of human life. What is the relationship between a meaningful life and theism? Why are some human beings radically adrift, without radical foundations, and struggling with hopelessness? Is the cosmos meaningless? Is human life akin to the ancient Myth of Sisyphus? What is the role of struggle and suffering in creating meaning? How do we discover or create value? Is happiness overrated as a goal of life? How, if at all, can we learn to die meaningfully?
Author: Will Durant
In 1930, a stranger walked up to the home of Will Durant and asked Durant if he could give him one good reason not to kill himself. The encounter so moved Durant that, in 1932, Durant released On the Meaning of Life, a collection of essays from various public and private figures ruminating on the meaning of life. Long sought and hard to come by, this book is one of the most meaningful books Will Durant ever brought to the public.
Pascal and the Meaning of Life
Author: Thomas V. Morris
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Thomas V. Morris discusses life, death, religion, the nature of faith and more. This captivating book is ideal both for thoughtful unbelievers who consider Christianity unreasonable, and Christians wanting to know how to share their faith with sceptics. Writing in an engaging, conversational style, Morris takes an intriguing new look at the big questions that keep coming up -- questions about life, death, God, religion, the nature of faith, the formation of an adequate worldview, and the meaning of life. Morris explores these kinds of questions in an earnest yet thoroughly entertaining and easily readable way, relating numerous personal anecdotes, incorporating intriguing material from the films of Woody Allen and the journals of Tolstoy, and using the writings of the seventeenth-century genius Blaise Pascal as a central guide.
Insights of the World's Great Thinkers
Author: William Gerber
The book aims to present the wisdom of sages, great thinkers, renowned writers, and philosophers, of many countries and time periods, in their own words, regarding life. The book also aims to place the numerous quotations from these sources in a structured organization, with introductory and explanatory comments and comparisons. Main Topics or Fields - See Organization or Principal Parts.