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.
Philosophy And The Meaning Of Life
Author: Julian Baggini
Publisher: Granta Books
Who among us has not at some point asked, what is the meaning of life?' In this extraordinary book, an eminent social scientist looks at the big picture and explores what empirical studies from diverse fields tell us about the human condition. MEANINGS OF LIFE draws together evidence from psychology, history, anthropology, and sociology, integrating copious research findings into a clear and conclusive discussion of how people attempt to make sense of their lives. In a lively and accessible style, emphasizing facts over theories, Baumeister explores why people desire meaning in their lives, how these meanings function, what forms they take, and what happens when life loses meaning. It is the most comprehensive examination of the topic to date.
Author: Roy F. Baumeister
Publisher: Guilford 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: Paul Thagard
Publisher: Princeton University Press
The rapid cultural changes which are so characteristic for our time, have had a far reaching effect not only on the universal human research for happiness, well-being and a meaningful existence in our world, but also on the way in which these concepts are understood and misunderstood in contemporary culture. For religious believers their faith determines the ideals of happiness, well-being and meaningfulness which they strive to attain in their lives. But are these ideals timelessly the same for all time and for all people or are they too subject to historical change and cultural variation? Social scientists examine the way in which these ideals are culturally pluriform and subject to empirical change in religious and cultural communities and traditions. But what do these concepts mean for social scientist? Do they use them in the same way as religious believers and theologians do? In December 1992, the Center for Theological Exploration Inc. sponsored its fourth (and final) Consultation on Science and Religion at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. For that occasion a distinguished international group of theologians and social scientists were invited to discuss these issues. Most of the contributors to this volume were originally presented as papers at that consultation.
A Dialogue of Social Science and Religion
Author: Vincent Brümmer,Marcel Sarot
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
What happens when the meaning of life based on a divine revelation no longer makes sense? Does the quest for transcendence end in the pursuit of material success and self-absorption? Luc Ferry argues that modernity and the emergence of secular humanism in Europe since the eighteenth century have not killed the search for meaning and the sacred, or even the idea of God, but rather have transformed both through a dual process: the humanization of the divine and the divinization of the human. Ferry sees evidence for the first of these in the Catholic Church's attempts to counter the growing rejection of dogmatism and to translate the religious tradition into contemporary language. The second he traces to the birth of modern love and humanitarianism, both of which demand a concern for others and even self-sacrifice in defense of values that transcend life itself. Ferry concludes with a powerful statement in favor of what he calls "transcendental humanism"—a concept that for the first time in human history gives us access to a genuine spirituality rooted in human beings instead of the divine.
The Meaning of Life
Author: Luc Ferry
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Feast on this twisted Word Play in Five Acts by a psycho linguist ‘wordo’ who offers you a corny-copia of off the wall humor, featuring cartoons, gags, puns and other word play. It’s a fey mix of dumb to sophisticated silliness and provocative satire (environmental, political, social and religious) for thoughtful but twist-loving readers. The acts encompass different styles of word play, each with a special twist or formula, mostly organized dictionary-like within each chapter. Styles of humor include daffynitions, confusions say, newords, sounds alike fun, spoonerisms, name droppings, anagrams, palindromes, word ladders, rebuses, book titles, light verse, neo-truisms, idiom abuse, half-asked questions, jokes and one-liners.
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
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.
Selected Writings of Leo Tolstoy
Author: Maureen Cote
Publisher: Nova Publishers
The intensification of interest in Deleuze over the last decade has coincided with the end of the linguistic paradigm in both continental and analytic philosophy. Indeed, the division between the two traditions appears to be closing and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze seems to be crucial to this convergence, as he is both indebted to the phenomenological tradition at the same time as he operates with concepts drawn from the sciences. Claire Colebrook explores these ideas and offers a new and alternative assessment of Deleuze's contribution to philosophy. She argues that while Deleuze does draw upon sciences that explain the emergence of language, art and philosophy, his own thought is distinguished by a discontinuist thesis: systems may emerge from tendencies of life but always have the capacity to operate without reference to their original aim. Colebrook makes new claims regarding how Deleuze's philosophy might be used to read contemporary art and thus offers an original and crucial contribution to the Deleuzian debate.
Author: Claire Colebrook
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Featuring nine new articles chosen by coeditor Steven M. Cahn, the third edition of E. D. Klemke's The Meaning of Life offers twenty-two insightful selections that explore this fascinating topic. The essays are primarily by philosophers but also include materials from literary figures and religious thinkers. As in previous editions, the readings are organized around three themes. In Part I the articles defend the view that without faith in God, life has no meaning or purpose. In Part II the selections oppose this claim, defending instead a nontheistic, humanistic alternative--that life can have meaning even in the absence of theistic commitment. In Part III the contributors ask whether the question of the meaning of life is itself meaningful. The third edition adds substantial essays by Moritz Schlick, Joel Feinberg, and John Kekes as well as selections from the writings of Louis P. Pojman, Emil L. Fackenheim, Robert Nozick, Susan Wolf, and Steven M. Cahn. The only anthology of its kind, The Meaning of Life: A Reader, Third Edition, is ideal for courses in introduction to philosophy, human nature, and the meaning of life. It also offers general readers an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject.
Author: Elmer Daniel Klemke,Steven M. Cahn
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
"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.
Author: Dean Gualco
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
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.
Author: D. J. Pedi
Publisher: Trafford Publishing
"I myself am a question. I know not who I am. What to do? Where to go?" --Osho The Osho Life Essentials series focuses on the most important questions in the life of the individual. Each volume contains timeless and always-contemporary investigations and discussions into questions vital to our personal search for meaning and purpose, focusing on questions specific to our inner life and quality of existence. The first title in this dynamic and exciting new series, Destiny, Freedom, and the Soul: What Is the Meaning of Life? explores deeply human questions, such as: Is there really such a thing as "soul," and if so, what is it? Where does the concept of karma fit in? Does my life have a special meaning or purpose? Destiny, Freedom, and the Soul includes an original talk by Osho on DVD. This visual component enables the reader to experience the direct wisdom and humor of Osho straight from the source.
What Is the Meaning of Life?
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Why does the universe exist and what are you supposed to do in it? This question has been addressed by religions since time immemorial, but popular answers often fail to account for obvious aspects of reality. Indeed, if God knows everything, why do we need to learn through pain and suffering? If God is omnipotent, why are we needed to do good? If the universe is fundamentally good, why are wars, crime, and injustice all around us? In modern society, orthodox science takes the rational high-ground and tackles these contradictions by denying the very need for, and the existence of, meaning. Indeed, many of us implicitly accept the notion that rationality somehow contradicts spirituality. That is a modern human tragedy, not only for its insidiousness, but for the fact that it is simply not true. In this book, the author constructs a coherent and logical argument for the meaning of existence, informed by science itself. A framework is laid out wherein all aspects of human existence have a logical, coh
An Exploration of the Meaning of Life and Existence Informed by Logic and Science
Author: Bernardo Kastrup
Publisher: John Hunt Publishing
Die Jagd nach dem Sinn des Lebens Jeremy Fink steht vor einem unglaublichen Rätsel: Eine verschlossene Holzkiste, die den Sinn des Lebens verspricht – das ist alles, was sein verstorbener Vater ihm zu seinem 13. Geburtstag hinterlassen hat. Doch die Schlüssel dazu sind spurlos verschwunden! Neugierig machen sich Jeremy und seine beste Freundin Lizzy auf die Suche danach – und geraten in eine abenteuerliche Odyssee quer durch New York, voll skurriler Ereignisse, köstlicher Süßigkeiten, abgegriffener Spielkarten und wundersamer Begegnungen. Doch was sie am Ende ihrer Reise finden, übertrifft alles, was sie jemals zu hoffen gewagt hätten. • Eine moderne Heldengeschichte – spannend, verrückt und anrührend schön • Ein Buch über menschliche Schicksale, das Erwachsenwerden und das, was wirklich zählt im Leben
Author: Wendy Mass
Publisher: cbj Verlag
Category: Juvenile Fiction
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.
Insights of the World's Great Thinkers
Author: William Gerber