On the Meaning of Life

On the Meaning of Life

The question 'What is the meaning of life?' is one of the oldest and most difficult questions we have ever asked ourselves. John Cottingham asks why we are so preoccupied with this question and assesses some attempts to answer it.

Author: John Cottingham

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415247993

Category: Religion

Page: 124

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The question 'What is the meaning of life?' is one of the oldest and most difficult questions we have ever asked ourselves. John Cottingham asks why we are so preoccupied with this question and assesses some attempts to answer it.
Categories: Religion

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

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.

Author: S. L. Frank

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802865274

Category: Philosophy

Page: 160

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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.
Categories: Philosophy

What is the Meaning of Human Life

What is the Meaning of Human Life

This book examines core concerns of human life.

Author: Raymond A. Belliotti

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 904201296X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 176

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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?
Categories: Philosophy

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

This book presents a range of areas in which we might seek the meaning of life, including love, family, friendship, work, self-knowledge and nature.

Author: The School The School of Life

Publisher: School of Life

ISBN: 0995753547

Category: Emotional intelligence

Page: 136

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A thought-provoking guide to one of the greatest questions we will ever face--what is the meaning of life? To wonder too openly or intensely about the meaning of life can seem a peculiar, ill-fated and faintly ridiculous pastime. It can seem like a topic on which ordinary mortals cannot make much progress. In truth, it is for all of us to wonder about, define and work towards a more meaningful existence. This book presents a range of areas in which we might seek the meaning of life, including love, family, friendship, work, self-knowledge and nature. We learn why certain things feel meaningful while others don't, and consider how we might introduce more meaning into our activities.
Categories: Emotional intelligence

What s It All About

What s It All About

“Secular-minded readers seeking an alternative to The Purpose-Driven Life have an excellent starting point here.”—Publishers Weekly For readers who are serious about confronting the big issues in life—but are turned off by books ...

Author: Julian Baggini

Publisher: Granta Publications

ISBN: 9781847089205

Category: Philosophy

Page: 215

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“Secular-minded readers seeking an alternative to The Purpose-Driven Life have an excellent starting point here.”—Publishers Weekly For readers who are serious about confronting the big issues in life—but are turned off by books which deal with them through religion, spirituality, or psychobabble, this is an honest, intelligent discussion by a philosopher that doesn't hide from the difficulties or make undeliverable promises. It aims to help the reader 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. “Useful and provocative.”—The Wall Street Journal “Looking for a clear guide to what contemporary philosophy has to say about the meaning of life? Baggini takes us through all the plausible answers, weaving together Kierkegaard, John Stuart Mill, Monty Python, and Funkadelic in an entertaining but always carefully reasoned discussion.”—Peter Singer, author of How Are We To Live “The question of the meaning of life has long been a byword for pretentious rambling. It takes some nerve to tackle it in a brisk and no-nonsense fashion.”—New Statesman
Categories: Philosophy

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

How to think about life...not how to live it. The Meaning of Life explains life's purpose and dissects how humans derive meaning into essential components that will help you make your own life meaningful.

Author: Nathanael Novosel

Publisher:

ISBN: 1948220008

Category: Philosophy

Page: 360

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"What is the meaning of life?" Throughout history, people have spent much of their lives trying to explain how the world works and why. Initially, they seek to live better lives and thrive. Ultimately, they seek to find purpose and significance in their existence. Experience the scientific and philosophical journey billions of years in the making to answer the question that all living beings capable of rational thought will ask themselves: why are we here? Over the course of that journey, you will come to understand how humans determine their meaning and, with some of your own analysis, discover your own purpose along the way.
Categories: Philosophy

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

The phrase "the meaning of life" for many seems a quaint notion fit for satirical mauling by Monty Python or Douglas Adams.

Author: Terry Eagleton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199210701

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 187

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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.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Death of God and the Meaning of Life

The Death of God and the Meaning of Life

With respect to the question of the meaning of life – with respect, that is, to the
question of what to do about Christianity – Kant was a reforming conservative. In
what way, first of all, did Kant see the traditional meaning-giving story as having ...

Author: Julian Young

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134397082

Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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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.
Categories: Philosophy

Tracking the Meaning of Life

Tracking the Meaning of Life

"Critical philosophical investigation of the question: What is the meaning of life?

Author: Yuval Lurie

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 0826265316

Category: Philosophy

Page: 337

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"Critical philosophical investigation of the question: What is the meaning of life? Discusses views prominent in analytic philosophy, phenomenology, and existentialism, drawing especially on the thought of Tolstoy, Wittgenstein, Sartre, and Camus and exploring in depth the insights these thinkers offer regarding their own difficulties concerning the meaning of life"--Provided by publisher.
Categories: Philosophy

Meaning of Life

Meaning of Life

It's an age-old question that has stumped the great minds of history: what is the meaning of life?

Author: Bradley Trevor Greive

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 9781449414078

Category: Self-Help

Page: 144

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It's an age-old question that has stumped the great minds of history: what is the meaning of life? The author's informal style provides a refreshing counterpoint to what has always been one of life's big debates. Illustrated with playful photographs of animals.
Categories: Self-Help

Real Answers to the Meaning of Life and Finding Happiness

Real Answers to the Meaning of Life and Finding Happiness

These are ultimate questions of existence that have been asked and discussed many times across the ages with no clear and definite answers given. Ultimate questions demand ultimate answers and they are what readers will find in this book.

Author: Timothy Tang

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595459414

Category: Philosophy

Page: 72

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What is the real ultimate meaning and purpose of our existence? What is happiness and how does one find it? These are ultimate questions of existence that have been asked and discussed many times across the ages with no clear and definite answers given. Ultimate questions demand ultimate answers and they are what readers will find in this book. The book seeks to formulate an objective ultimate meaning of life and explains how it can be possible without a belief in a higher intelligence or an after-life. It also sheds light on a new understanding of emotions such as Anger, Guilt, Fear, Temptation and Love. This book is definitely one of the most important and powerful books you will ever read in your life to help you find direction and achieve lasting meaning and happiness in your life.
Categories: Philosophy

On the Meaning of Life

On the Meaning of Life

In this book Will Durant has fashioned an unprecedented "dream team" of luminaries that is both profound and diverse: poets, philosophers, saints, inmates, athletes, Nobel Prize winners, college professors, psychologists, entertainers, ...

Author: Will Durant

Publisher:

ISBN: 1258116294

Category:

Page: 152

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In the Fall of 1930 Will Durant found himself outside his home in Lake Hill, New York, raking leaves. He was approached by a well-dressed man who told him in a quiet tone that he was going to kill himself unless the philosopher could give him a valid reason not to. Not having the time to wax philosophic on the matter, Durant did his best to furnish the man with reasons to continue his existence. Haunted by the encounter with the despondent stranger, Durant contacted 100 luminaries in the arts, politics, religion and sciences, challenging them to respond not only to the fundamental question of life's meaning (in the abstract) but also to relate how they each (in the particular) found meaning, purpose and fulfillment in their own lives. Durant turned their answers and his own into a book entitled "On The Meaning Of Life," which was released to the general public in 1932. Unpromoted, the litte treasure found its way into few hands, and almost no copies of the book exist today. Now available for a new generation through Promethean Press, "On The Meaning Of Life" is a powerful book on a very powerful topic. In this book Will Durant has fashioned an unprecedented "dream team" of luminaries that is both profound and diverse: poets, philosophers, saints, inmates, athletes, Nobel Prize winners, college professors, psychologists, entertainers, musicians, authors and leaders. Within their varied insights, despite their uniqueness as individuals and the very different lives they led, the reader will note a consistent thread running through their viewpoints, revealing a commonality among human beings who not only seek meaning in life, but who actually achieve it.
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Destiny Freedom and the Soul

Destiny  Freedom  and the Soul

I know not who I am. What to do? Where to go?”—Osho 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?

Author: Osho

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1429937580

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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One of the greatest spiritual teachers of the twentieth century shares his philosophy on self-discovery, free will, and the search for a place and purpose in life. “I myself am a question. I know not who I am. What to do? Where to go?”—Osho 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? Osho challenges readers to examine and break free of the conditioned belief systems and prejudices that limit their capacity to enjoy life in all its richness. He has been described by the Sunday Times of London as one of the “1000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day (India) as one of the ten people—along with Gandhi, Nehru, and Buddha—who have changed the destiny of India. Since his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to expand, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Meaning of Life A Very Short Introduction

The Meaning of Life  A Very Short Introduction

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 ...

Author: Terry Eagleton

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191579033

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.
Categories: Philosophy

What is this thing called The Meaning of Life

What is this thing called The Meaning of Life

With boxed summaries of key concepts and noteworthy examples, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading included within each chapter, this book is the ideal introduction to life’s meaning for philosophy students coming to ...

Author: Stewart Goetz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351848145

Category: Philosophy

Page: 190

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What are we asking when we ask, "What is the meaning of life?"? Can there be meaning without God? Is a happy life a meaningful life? Can an immoral life be meaningful? Does our suffering have meaning? Does death threaten meaning? What is this thing called The Meaning of Life? provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to philosophical thinking about life’s meaning. Goetz and Seachris provide the reader with accessible examples, before looking at the main theoretical approaches to meaning and key philosophers associated with them. Topics covered include: What does the question, "What is the meaning of life?", even mean? Does life have a purpose? What is valuable? Do we matter? Does life (or my life) make any sense? Is there any meaning in suffering? Does death threaten meaning? Would immortality be good or bad news for us? With boxed summaries of key concepts and noteworthy examples, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading included within each chapter, this book is the ideal introduction to life’s meaning for philosophy students coming to the subject for the first time.
Categories: Philosophy

The Runner s Guide to the Meaning of Life

The Runner s Guide to the Meaning of Life

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: Amby Burfoot

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1579542638

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 144

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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.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

What is the Meaning of Life Life Lessons

What is the Meaning of Life    Life Lessons

You dont realize that you are different and not a part of the normal awareness which resides in many sentient beings.

Author: Debbie Bryan

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781504342940

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 108

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You don’t realize that you are different and not a part of the normal awareness which resides in many sentient beings. You are born aware of your gifts, but without understanding that anything is unusual because they are so natural and free flowing.

As a young child, I would have “dreams” that would always come true later on. I would dream about a happening, but I wouldn’t tell my family about it until after the event actually took place. Because I waited until after the fact to tell my parents about my dream, they would just smile, laugh at me and shake their heads as they went along with their day. I never knew I was different from other people by being born with gifts. My parents’ non-reactive responses were exactly what I needed to allow me to keep my self-confidence and not turn the dreams and visions away.

Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Meanings of Life

Meanings 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.

Author: Roy F. Baumeister

Publisher: Guilford Press

ISBN: 0898625319

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.
Categories: Psychology

God and the Meanings of Life

God and the Meanings of Life

God and the Meanings of Life is interested in exploring the truth in both these schools of thought, seeking to discover what God could and couldn't do to make life meaningful (as well as what he would and wouldn't do).

Author: T. J. Mawson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474212571

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Some philosophers have thought that life could only be meaningful if there is no God. For Sartre and Nagel, for example, a God of the traditional classical theistic sort would constrain our powers of self-creative autonomy in ways that would severely detract from the meaning of our lives, possibly even evacuate our lives of all meaning. Some philosophers, by contrast, have thought that life could only be meaningful if there is a God. God and the Meanings of Life is interested in exploring the truth in both these schools of thought, seeking to discover what God could and couldn't do to make life meaningful (as well as what he would and wouldn't do). Mawson espouses a version of the 'amalgam' or 'pluralism' thesis about the issue of life's meaning – in essence, that there are a number of different legitimate meanings of 'meaning' (and indeed 'life') in the question of life's meaning. According to Mawson, God, were he to exist, would help make life meaningful in some of these senses and hinder in some others. He argues that whilst there could be meaning in a Godless universe, there could be other sorts of meaning in a Godly one and that these would be deeper.
Categories: Philosophy

The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

Tempting as it may be to form a single answer agreed on by all, there is none to be found. What is clear is that there are recurrent themes, with the answer that works for you likely to be found among them.

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1181867229

Category: Philosophy and religion

Page:

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Tempting as it may be to form a single answer agreed on by all, there is none to be found. What is clear is that there are recurrent themes, with the answer that works for you likely to be found among them.
Categories: Philosophy and religion