What's It All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

ISBN-10: 0195315790

ISBN-13: 9780195315790

Edition: N/A

Authors: Julian Baggini
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Description: What is the meaning of life? It is a question that has intrigued the great philosophers--and has been hilariously lampooned by Monty Python. Indeed, the whole idea strikes many of us as vaguely pompous and perhaps more than a little absurd. Is there one profound answer, an ultimate purpose behind human existence? Julian Baggini thinks not. Rather, as Baggini argues in What's It All About, meaning can be found in a variety of ways. He succinctly breaks down six answers people commonly suggest when considering what life is all about--helping others, serving humanity, being happy, becoming successful, enjoying each day as if it were your last, and "freeing your mind." By reducing the vague, mysterious question of "meaning" to a series of more specific (if unmysterious) questions about what gives life purpose and value, he shows that the quest for meaning can be personal, empowering, and uplifting. Illustrating his argument with the thoughts of many of the great philosophers and examples drawn from everyday life, Baggini convincingly shows that the search for meaning is personal and within the power of each of us to find.

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List price: $12.95
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/8/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.374

Introduction
Looking for the blueprint
Living life forwards
More things in heaven and earth
Here to help
The greater good
As long as you're happy
Becoming a contender
Carpe diem
Lose your self
The threat of meaninglessness
Of which reason knows nothing
Conclusion
Further reading and references
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