The Human Predicament

Life Without Illusions

Author: David Benatar

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190633816

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 288

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Are human lives ultimately meaningless? Is our inevitable death bad? Would immortality be better? Should we hasten our deaths by taking our own lives in acts of suicide? Many people ask these big questions and many are plagued by them. Surprisingly few analytic philosophers have spoken tothese important questions. When they have engaged the big existential questions they have tended, like more popular writers, to offer comforting, optimistic answers. The Human Predicament offers a less sanguine assessment. David Benatar invites readers to take a clear-eyed view of our situation,defending a substantial, but not unmitigated, pessimism about human life. Benatar argues that while our lives can have some meaning, cosmically speaking we are ultimately the insignificant beings that we often fear we are. A candid appraisal reveals that the quality of life, although less bad for some people than for others, leaves much to be desired in even the bestcases. But death, David Benatar argues, is hardly the solution. Our mortality exacerbates rather than mitigates our cosmic meaninglessness. It can release us from suffering but even when it does it imposes another cost - annihilation. This unfortunate state of affairs has nuanced implications forhow we should think about immortality, about suicide, and about the aspects of life in which we can and do find deeper meaning. Engaging profound existential questions with analytic rigor and clarity, The Human Predicament is clear eyed, unsentimental, and deeply provocative to some of our mostcherished beliefs.

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: 6183

Der Ego-Tunnel

Eine neue Philosophie des Selbst: Von der Hirnforschung zur Bewusstseinsethik

Author: Thomas Metzinger

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492964966

Category: Philosophy

Page: 464

View: 6758

Unser »Selbst« existiert gar nicht. Dies beweisen, so der Philosoph und Bewusstseinsforscher Thomas Metzinger, die Erkenntnisse der aktuellen Forschung. Aber was bedeutet das für unser Menschenbild? Was sind die technologischen und kulturellen Konsequenzen? Brauchen wir neben der Neuroethik auch eine Bewusstseinsethik? Der Ego-Tunnel eröffnet einen ebenso faszinierenden wie fundierten Zugang zur geheimnisvollen Welt des menschlichen Geistes.

Plato's Symposium

Eros and the Human Predicament

Author: Jamey Hecht

Publisher: Twayne Pub


Category: Philosophy

Page: 116

View: 2307

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

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

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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.

The Immanent Divine

God, Creation, and the Human Predicament

Author: John J. Thatamanil

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451411379

Category: Religion

Page: 231

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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.

The Human Predicament

An Introduction to Philosophy

Author: R. Alan Campbell

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 158500426X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 338

View: 5249

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.

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: 537

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.

Political Theory and the Human Predicament

Author: Ramona Grey

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781516552047


Page: 562

View: 5877

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.