The Human Predicament

A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions

Author: David Benatar

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190633824

Category: Philosophy

Page: 192

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Are our lives meaningful, or meaningless? Is our inevitable death a bad thing? Would immortality be an improvement? Would it be better, all things considered, to hasten our deaths by suicide? Many people ask these big questions -- and some people are plagued by them. Surprisingly, analytic philosophers have said relatively little about these important questions about the meaning of life. When they have tackled the big questions, they have tended, like popular writers, to offer comforting, optimistic answers. The Human Predicament invites readers to take a clear-eyed and unfettered view of the human condition. David Benatar here offers a substantial, but not unmitigated, pessimism about the central questions of human existence. He argues that while our lives can have some meaning, we are ultimately the insignificant beings that we fear we might be. He maintains that the quality of life, although less bad for some than for others, leaves much to be desired in even the best cases. Worse, death is generally not a solution; in fact, it exacerbates rather than mitigates our cosmic meaninglessness. While it can release us from suffering, it imposes another cost - annihilation. This state of affairs has nuanced implications for how we should think about many things, including immortality and suicide, and how we should think about the possibility of deeper meaning in our lives. Ultimately, this thoughtful, provocative, and deeply candid treatment of life's big questions will interest anyone who has contemplated why we are here, and what the answer means for how we should live.

The Human Predicament II

Ecological Dynamics and Human Nature : the Risk of a Mass Extinction of Life on the Planet

Author: Dennis V. Razis

Publisher: N.A


Category: Extinction (Biology)

Page: 544

View: 9498

Plato's Symposium

Eros and the Human Predicament

Author: Jamey Hecht

Publisher: Twayne Pub


Category: Philosophy

Page: 116

View: 7082

An accessible introduction to some of the most important ideas developed in Plato's Symposium.

The Immanent Divine

God, Creation, and the Human Predicament

Author: John J. Thatamanil

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451411379

Category: Religion

Page: 231

View: 1615

While traditional Christian thought and spirituality have always affirmed the divine presence in human life, Thatamanil argues we have much to learn from non-dualistic Hindu thought, especially that of the eighth-century thinker Sankara, and from the Christian panentheism of Paul Tillich. Thatamanil compares their diagnoses and prognoses of the human predicament in light of their doctrine of God or Ultimate Reality. What emerges is a new theology of God and human beings, with a richer and more radical conception of divine immanence, a reconceived divine transcendence, and a keener sense of how the dynamic and active Spirit at work in us anchors real hope and deep joy.Using key insights from Christian and Hindu thought Thatamanil vindicates comparative theology, expands the vocabulary about the ineffable God, and arrives at a new construal of the problems and prospects of the human condition.

Suffering and Hope

The Biblical Vision and the Human Predicament

Author: Johan Christiaan Beker

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802807229

Category: Religion

Page: 132

View: 3715

This compelling study by J. Christiaan Beker provides a moving, triumphant answer to one of life's greatest mysteries - the presence of suffering in God's world. Now an established classic in the discussion of the problem of evil, Suffering and Hope plumbs the Old Testament's response to earthly pain as well as Paul's own dealings with 'redemptive suffering.' Beker seeks to understand how the Bible's view of suffering relates to our present experience of suffering and to the Christian hope for the future creation. His concern is with the quality and character of bothe suffering and hope in a world where the question of suffering is inescapable. This powerful new edition features a foreword by Ben C. Ollenburger that describes the story behind the book - the dehumanizing conditions Beker endured as a slave laborer during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands and the ways in which they helped shape the particular poignancy of his view of suffering. Readers will be moved both by Beker's personal transparency and by his biblical vision of 'hopeful suffering' - the apocalyptic trust in God's eventual victory over the power of death that poisons his creation.

Human Predicament

Critiquing Vikram Seths Novels

Author: Mayurkumar Mukundbhai Solanki

Publisher: Educreation Publishing


Category: Education

Page: 305

View: 8703

The book is a critical analysis of Vikram Seth's novels with special reference to Human Predicament. The book talks about all the characters of Vikram Seth's novels from human predicament perspectives. The book also talks about psychological and spiritual dimensions of human predicament. The author has thoroughly discussed the various facets of human predicament and how a person feels when he is passing through this stage of his life.

The Human Predicament

Towards an Understanding of the Human Condition

Author: Max Malikow

Publisher: Theocentric Publishing Group the

ISBN: 9780985618162

Category: Psychology

Page: 268

View: 2671

For each of us, if life is to be experienced as worthwhile, if not thrilling, and occasionally pleasant, if not joyful, our diligence is required. Even the most enviable of lives includes challenges, disappointments, frustrations, and confusions. There is a word for circumstances that challenge, disappoint, frustrate, and confuse - that word is predicament. Being a human being is not easy. Every advantage we enjoy seems to be accompanied by a disadvantage. We can acquire information, but also experience the frustration of forgetting. We can create, but also be tormented with "writer's block." We can know the euphoria of being in love, but also suffer heartbreak from a lover's rejection. These are but a few of the phenomena that can make life difficult, troubling, perplexing, and, perhaps, a predicament.

The Human Predicament

An Introduction to Philosophy

Author: R. Alan Campbell

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 158500426X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 338

View: 1720

Kalisandroes and the Villain King is a must-read for all action-fantasy fans. Centered on the timeless, mythological Kingdom of Kalisandroes, this fast paced epoch briskly pulls the reader through a full spectrum of human agonies and triumphs. Subplots weave and converge in a helical rhythm embodying conflict, loyalty, love and the dire consequences of Divine betrayal. Once known as the City of God, Kalisandroes is now ruled by a despotic ruler possessing no tolerance and regret. He has sealed himself as the known power, but the change in wind is swift and quick, forgoing debate from rulers with agendas of conquest. War is what the City of God shall have, but there are a few pawns having within themselves the will the change the outcome.

Political Theory and the Human Predicament

Author: Ramona Grey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781516552047


Page: 562

View: 6939

Political Theory and the Human Predicament: An Introduction to Major Political Thinkers presents the work of important political theorists from Plato to Marx. The primary source material introduces students to the political and ethical questions theorists have, with varying degrees of success, tried to answer and shows how these questions have evolved over time. The political thinkers are covered chronologically and the selected readings from their works are organized with subheadings that enable readers to easily locate key passages for study and discussion. Each chapter opens with an informative introductory essay that acquaints readers with the theorist's life and times, and his or her particular approach to the study of politics and the human condition. Together the introductory essays and selected readings provide an overview of the assumptions and important arguments still used by those seeking to understand human nature, society and political life. Above all, Political Theory and the Human Predicament aims to encourage a careful and, therefore, a critical reading of the most significant and often controversial ideas-regarding justice, legitimate authority, law, rights, freedom, and the good life-examined in the works of classical and modern political theory. Questions at the end of each chapter are designed to encourage students to consider their own assumptions and political values when assessing the merits of a particular argument, and can be used to enhance classroom discussion, or to facilitate essay and homework assignments. Ramona Grey earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Riverside. Currently Dr. Grey is an associate professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Montana, where she teaches courses in ancient, medieval, and modern political theory, utopianism, and contemporary political thought. She is a recipient of the university's Distinguished Teaching Award. Her professional writing addresses politics and art in utopia, natural law theory, and the American writer and naturalist Joseph Wood Krutch. Her articles have appeared in American Studies and the Antioch Review.