What's It All About?

Philosophy And The Meaning Of Life

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Author: Julian Baggini

Publisher: Granta Books

ISBN: 1847089208

Category: Philosophy

Page: N.A

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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.

The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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Author: Terry Eagleton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191579035

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

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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.

The Brain and the Meaning of Life

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Author: Paul Thagard

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691154406

Category: Philosophy

Page: 296

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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.

Happiness, Well-being and the Meaning of Life

A Dialogue of Social Science and Religion

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Author: Vincent Brümmer,Marcel Sarot

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789039002711

Category: Philosophy

Page: 162

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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.

Meanings of Life

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Author: Roy F. Baumeister

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 9780898625318

Category: Psychology

Page: 426

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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.

Man Made God

The Meaning of Life

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Author: Luc Ferry

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226244853

Category: Philosophy

Page: 172

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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.

HOW TO DOUBLE THE MEANING OF LIFE

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Author: Anil

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 145689384X

Category: Humor

Page: 306

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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.

Death and the Meaning of Life

Selected Writings of Leo Tolstoy

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Author: Maureen Cote

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781560727040

Category: Religion

Page: 117

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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.

The Death of God and the Meaning of Life

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Author: Julian Young

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135020906

Category: Philosophy

Page: 246

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What is the meaning of life? In today's secular, post-religious scientific world, this question has become a serious preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major philosophers have thought deeply about it, as Julian Young so vividly illustrates in this thought-provoking second edition of The Death of God and the Meaning of Life. Three new chapters explore Søren Kierkegaard’s attempts to preserve a Christian answer to the question of the meaning of life, Karl Marx's attempt to translate this answer into naturalistic and atheistic terms, and Sigmund Freud’s deep pessimism about the possibility of any version of such an answer. Part 1 presents an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Marx who have believed in a meaning of life, either in some supposed ‘other’ world or in the future of this world. Part 2 assesses what happened when the traditional structures that give life meaning began to erode. With nothing to take their place, these structures gave way to the threat of nihilism, to the appearance that life is meaningless. Young looks at the responses to this threat in chapters on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Foucault and Derrida. Fully revised and updated throughout, this highly engaging exploration of fundamental issues 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, particularly to the continental tradition.

Deleuze and the Meaning of Life

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Author: Claire Colebrook

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1441121153

Category: Philosophy

Page: 208

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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.

The Meaning of Life

A Reader

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Author: Elmer Daniel Klemke,Steven M. Cahn

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780195327304

Category: Philosophy

Page: 258

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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.

On the Meaning of Life

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Author: John Cottingham

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134537859

Category: Philosophy

Page: 144

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The question 'What is the meaning of life?' is one of the most fascinating, oldest and most difficult questions human beings have ever posed themselves. In an increasingly secularized culture, it remains a question to which we are ineluctably and powerfully drawn. Drawing skillfully on a wealth of thinkers, writers and scientists from Augustine, Descartes, Freud and Camus, to Spinoza, Pascal, Darwin, and Wittgenstein, On the Meaning of Life breathes new vitality into one of the very biggest questions.

What is the Meaning of Life?

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Author: William L. Sharrar

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1453510451

Category: Religion

Page: 166

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This book will show you God’s plan for the meaning of life. It will show strength and support for each other. Wisdom, faith and understanding of God’s plan will help us know the meaning of life. It gives me great joy and pleasure to share these thoughts and unspoken words with you so that you can appreciate God’s plan. Our Father in heaven lets us make our own decisions in life. One can see His plan unfold in this book ‘What is the Meaning of Life’. Although we have differences in life we can all come to know Gods love and the confidence one needs to face the world day after day. Knowing the real reason of ‘What is the Meaning of Life’ one will know ones purpose in life and Gods love for them.

Destiny, Freedom, and the Soul

What Is the Meaning of Life?

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Author: Osho

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 9781429937580

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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"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.

The Meaning of Life

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Author: Dean Gualco

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595359051

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 85

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"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.

The Meaning of Life

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Author: D. J. Pedi

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1412010519

Category: Philosophy

Page: 91

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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.

Mein Weltbild

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Author: Albert Einstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783856655105

Category:

Page: 294

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Rationalist Spirituality

An Exploration of the Meaning of Life and Existence Informed by Logic and Science

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Author: Bernardo Kastrup

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1846944074

Category: Philosophy

Page: 116

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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