Meaning of Life

ISBN-10: 019512703X

ISBN-13: 9780195127034

Edition: 2nd 1999 (Revised)

Authors: E. D. Klemke
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Description: Many writers in various fields--philosophy, religion, literature, and psychology--believe that the question of the meaning of life is one of the most significant problems that an individual faces. In The Meaning of Life, Second Edition, E.D. Klemke collects some of the best writings on this topic, primarily works by philosophers but also selections from literary figures and religious thinkers. The twenty-seven cogent, readable essays are organized around three different perspectives on the meaning of life. In Part I, the readings assert and defend the theistic view that without the existence of God--or faith in God--life has no significance or purpose. In Part II the selections deny this thesis, defending instead the humanistic alternative--that life has or can have meaning and worth without any theistic beliefs or commitment. In the final group of readings, contributors ask if the question of the meaning of life is in itself legitimate and significant. The volume also includes an introduction by the editor and a selected bibliography. This new edition adds essays by A. J. Ayer, Hazel Barnes, William Lane Craig, Owen Flanagan, Antony Flew, Thomas Nagel, Kai Nielsen, Philip L. Quinn, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Walter T. Stace. The only anthology of its kind, The Meaning of Life, Second Edition, is ideal for courses in introduction to philosophy and human nature. It also provides an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject for general readers.

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/9/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Antony Flew is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Reading, England.

=New to this edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction
The Question of the Meaning of Life E.D. Klemke
The Theistic Answer
My Confession
The Dignity of Human Life
Religion Gives Meaning to Life
Judaism and the Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life According to Christianity
The Non-Theistic Alternative
On the Sufferings of the World
A Free Man's Worship
On the Meaning of Life
The Myth of Sisyphus
The Meaning of Life
The Meaning and Value of Life
The Meaning of Life
The Absurd
Absurd Self-Fulfillment
Living Without Appeal: An Affirmative Philosophy of Life
Questioning the Question
The Claims of Philosophy
Linguistic Philosophy and "The Meaning of Life"
The Meanings of the Questions of Life
Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
Meaning in Life
Meaningless Lives?
The Meaning of Life
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