What's It All About?

Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

Author: Julian Baggini

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195315790

Category: Philosophy

Page: 224

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An examination of the search for the answer to the meaning of life breaks down the six answers people commonly suggest when considering what life is all about and shows that the search for meaning is personal.
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Movies and the Meaning of Life

Philosophers Take on Hollywood

Author: Kimberly A. Blessing,Paul Tudico

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812698746

Category: Philosophy

Page: 300

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"The meaning of life is the most urgent of questions," said the existentiallist thinker Albert Camus. And no less a philosopher than Woody Allen has wondered:"How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?" "Movies and the Meaning of Life" looks at popular and cult movies, examining their assumptions and insights on meaning-of-life questions: What is reality and how can I know it? (The Truman Show, Contact, Waking Life); How do I find myself and my true identity? (Fight Club, Being John Malkovich, Boys Don't Cry, Memento); How do I find meaning from my interactions with others? (Pulp Fiction, Shadowlands, Chasing Amy); What is the chief purpose in life? (American Beauty, Life is Beautiful, The Shawshank Redemption); and How ought I live my life? (Pleasantville, Spiderman, Minority Report, Groundhog Day).
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Nothingness and the Meaning of Life

Philosophical Approaches to Ultimate Meaning Through Nothing and Reflexivity

Author: Nicholas Waghorn

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472529855

Category: Philosophy

Page: 320

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What is the meaning of life? Does anything really matter? In the past few decades these questions, perennially associated with philosophy in the popular consciousness, have rightly retaken their place as central topics in the academy. In this major contribution, Nicholas Waghorn provides a sustained and rigorous elucidation of what it would take for lives to have significance. Bracketing issues about ways our lives could have more or less meaning, the focus is rather on the idea of ultimate meaning, the issue of whether a life can attain meaning that cannot be called into question. Waghorn sheds light on this most fundamental of existential problems through a detailed yet comprehensive examination of the notion of nothing, embracing classic and cutting-edge literature from both the analytic and Continental traditions. Central figures such as Heidegger, Carnap, Wittgenstein, Nozick and Nagel are drawn upon to anchor the discussion in some of the most influential discussion of recent philosophical history. In the process of relating our ideas concerning nothing to the problem of life's meaning, Waghorn's book touches upon a number of fundamental themes, including reflexivity and its relation to our conceptual limits, whether religion has any role to play in the question of life's meaning, and the nature and constraints of philosophical methodology. A number of major philosophical traditions are addressed, including phenomenology, poststructuralism, and classical and paraconsistent logics. In addition to providing the most thorough current discussion of ultimate meaning, it will serve to introduce readers to philosophical debates concerning the notion of nothing, and the appendix engaging religion will be of value to both philosophers and theologians.
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The Death of God and the Meaning of Life

Author: Julian Young

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134397089

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.
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The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

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.
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On the Meaning of Life

Author: Professor of Philosophy John Cottingham,John Cottingham

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415247993

Category: Philosophy

Page: 124

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The question "What is the meaning of life?W is one of the most fascinating, oldest and most difficult questions human beings have ever posed themselves. In this work, John Cottingham assesses some of the most influential attempts to explain it.
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The Meaning of Life

Author: Terry Eagleton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199210705

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.
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Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It

Author: Daniel Klein

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 1780747861

Category: Philosophy

Page: 256

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Fifty years ago, Daniel Klein began studying philosophy at Harvard University, hoping to find an answer to that most burning of questions: what is the best way to live my life? He thought the great philosophers would be able to give him some ideas, or at least some clues. But, aside from the occasional hint, all he got were more questions, ones which philosophers thought needed answering first. They included ‘what is the meaning of meaning?’ and ‘how can we know what is true?’ Now in his seventies and looking back on his life, Klein brings us a personal commentary on the great philosophical pronouncements he’s collected over the years. Told with the same brilliantly dry sense of humor that made Travels with Epicurus so popular, Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life is an eminently readable series of thoughts on wise words.
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Embodiment and the Meaning of Life

Author: Jeff Noonan

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 0773553940

Category: Philosophy

Page: 263

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The long tradition of pessimism in philosophy and poetry notoriously laments suffering caused by vulnerabilities of the human body. The most familiar and contemporary version is antinatalism, the view that it is wrong to bring sentient life into existence because birth inevitably produces suffering. Technotopianism, which stems from a similarly negative view of embodied limitations, claims that we should escape sickness and death through radical human-enhancement technologies. In Embodiment and the Meaning of Life Jeff Noonan presents pessimism and technotopianism as two sides of the same coin, as both begin from the premise that the limitations of embodied life are inherently negative. He argues that rather than rendering life pointless, the tragic failures that mark life are fundamental to the good of human existence. The necessary limitations of embodied being are challenges for each person to live well, not only for their own sake, but for the sake of the future of the human project. Meaning is not a given, Noonan suggests, but rather the product of labour upon ourselves, others, and the world. Meaningful labour is threatened equally by unjust social systems and runaway technological development that aims to replace human action, rather than liberate it. Calling on us to draw conceptual connections between finitude, embodiment, and the meaning of life, this book shows that seeking the common good is our most viable and materially realistic source of optimism about the future.
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Death and the Meaning of Life

Selected Writings of Leo Tolstoy

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.
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