The Meaning of Life: A Reader

E.D. Klemke

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The Meaning of Life: A Reader

The Meaning of Life: A Reader By E.D. Klemke The Meaning of Life A Reader 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 essa

  • Title: The Meaning of Life: A Reader
  • Author: E.D. Klemke
  • ISBN: 9780195327304
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Meaning of Life: A Reader By E.D. Klemke 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 threeFeaturing 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.
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    1. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      Unless you are one of those extremely lucky individuals , like Hugh Hefner, who could afford to amuse himself daily with distracting pleasures every single day of his life like the ins and outs, ins and outs of this Mexican writer Daniel Sada Almost Never but with a limitless plenitude of variety you ll be hit at one point or another by what Leo Tolstoy suffered at age fifty the thing he called an arrest of life, the point where he looked back at all he had accomplished, what he was currently do [...]

    2. Mehwish Mughal on said:

      This book has been a journey for me A remarkable one Prior to reading this book, I was naively searching for answers to the existential questions Yes, I am claiming that I have put these questions to rest now for good Meaning of life is a universal question but the answer to it is personal There is no right or wrong way of leading one s life, it all comes down to what we want out of it The essays in the book took me through the process of coming to this conclusion Such a conclusion, in retrospec [...]

    3. H on said:

      A bit of a silly book, not b c of its proposed subject matter but b c each of the essays in all three sections religious answer, atheistic answer, and questioning the question is too brief to fully construct a significant argument Camus essay is not his best, nor is Tolstoy s For such a fragmented approach as this, the best essay here is probably Bertrand Russell s one page epilogue, which seems to avoid the larger philosophical question anyhow.

    4. Don on said:

      Some great essays but nonetheless a disappointing anthology Many great anthologies those by Louis Pojman, for instance provide a precis before each essay which helps us to understand those essays within larger traditions None of that here, just the essays themselves.

    5. Talbot Hook on said:

      I m not sure this is a book you can finish, as there is simply too much to which to return It s also impossible to write a review about such a compendium, but to say that it was organized well, with many, many worthwhile essays Here are the essays I think are indispensable for asking the Big Question Tolstoy s My Confession, Swenson s The Dignity of Human Life, Schopenhauer s On the Sufferings of the World, Russell s A Free Man s Worship, Schlick s On the Meaning of Life, Edwards s The Meaning a [...]

    6. Avalon on said:

      Since this book was for class and we only read bits of it, I didn t actually finish the book but I finished than I wanted The people who wrote about life being meaningless really did have a meaningless life because they spent all their time trying to solve a puzzle that didn t need solving The people who wrote about what life s meaning is spent then enough time on their papers and it could have been better spent The book was uninteresting and repetitive of information that did not need to take [...]

    7. Juju Fardos on said:

      Schopenhauer is such a pessimistic author, yet his pessimism made me strike the light and emphasis on the good that is found in this world in a weird way it emphasized how much i love my life and how much i should appreciate it it made me see the smaller things in life in a magnified and bigger picture

    8. Tayler K on said:

      My Confession, Leo TolstoyOn the Sufferings of the World, Arthur SchopenhauerA Free Man s Worship, Bertrand RussellThe Meaning of Life, Kurt BaierThe Claims of Philosophy, A.J AyerThe Meanings of the Questions of Life, John WisdomMeaning in Life, Susan WolfMeaningless Lives , Steven M Cahn

    9. Daniel Walsh on said:

      Really good introductory articles provide insight into fascinating minds I urge everyone to read this book.

    10. Oliver Eldridge on said:

      A wonderful introductory book to the vast amount of literature that s been written on this subject.

    11. Jessica Walters on said:

      I wrote essays on Arthur Schopenhauer and Philip Quinn using this text.

    12. John on said:

      This book is proof that a compelling philosophical argument can utterly fail at filling anyone s actual sails Interesting for intellectual reasons But the essays are mostly dated, as well Nah.

    13. Moses Operandi on said:

      There are some great essays in here, notably Thomas Nagel s The Absurd Other essays were much less interesting.

    14. Robert on said:

      I read this as part of my undergraduate independent study Klemke compiled a good collection of essays to read It seems to me I read some of Klemke s writings for this study too.

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