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Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning

ISBN-10: 0738203548
ISBN-13: 9780738203546
Edition: 2000 (Reprint)
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Description: Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning focuses on Dr. Frankl's crucial findings that illustrate our sometimes unconscious desire to get hold of an ultimate meaning of life - whether it comes from a religious source or other venue of inspiration or  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 8/11/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning focuses on Dr. Frankl's crucial findings that illustrate our sometimes unconscious desire to get hold of an ultimate meaning of life - whether it comes from a religious source or other venue of inspiration or influence. This is a very relevant topic, especially in light of that pervasive feeling of meaninglessness undercutting the ideas and ambitions of contemporary society. Whether it is the adolescent suffering from insecurity and doubt or the elderly person fearing isolation and neglect, a desperate sense of hopelessness and vulnerability plagues our culture. Dr. Frankl brilliantly demonstrates that it is possible for mankind to find, and actualize, profound meaning in his or her daily life. In this context, Frankl speaks of a "will to meaning" as a central motivating force, and presents specific evidence that life can offer meaning in each and every situation. For even those who have to shoulder the burden of personal guilt, or to face the force of inescapable suffering, still have, in principle, a unique opportunity to turn a predicament into an achievement - in other words, to turn personal tragedy into human triumph. Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning confesses that this search for meaning can also lead to nefarious ends such as unhealthy nationalism, obsessive jealousies, ethnic hatred, or a compulsive work ethic. Dr. Frankl believes that tolerance and a realization of our infinite possibilities throughout our finite existence will ensure a path to a fulfilling existence.

Viktor E. Frankl was a man who persevered in living, writing, and helping people, despite suffering for years at the hands of the Nazis. He was born in Vienna on March 26, 1905, and received his doctorate of medicine in 1930. As a psychiatrist, he supervised a ward of suicidal female patients, and later became chief of the neurological department at Rothschild Hospital in Vienna. Frankl's successful career was halted temporarily in 1942 when he was deported to a Nazi concentration camp. In Auschwitz and other camps, he witnessed and experienced daily horrors until 1945. Although he survived, his parents and many other family members did not. Returning to Vienna in 1945, he resumed his work, becoming head physician of the neurological department at the Vienna Polyclinic Hospital. Frankl wrote more than 30 books, the most famous being Man's Search For Meaning. As a professor, he taught at many American universities, including Harvard and Stanford. He is credited with the development of logotherapy, a new style of psychotherapy. He died in Vienna in 1997.

Swanee Hunt chairs The Institute for Inclusive Security. During her tenure as U.S. ambassador to Austria (1993ndash;97), she hosted negotiations and international symposia focusing on securing the peace in the neighboring Balkan states. She is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and president of the Hunt Alternatives Fund. She has written hundreds of articles for American and international newspapers and professional journals, includingForeign Affairs,Foreign Policy,theInternational Herald Tribune, theChicago Tribune, theBoston Globe, and theDenver Post. She is the author ofHalf-Life of a ZealotandThis Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, both also published by Duke University Press.

Foreword
Preface
Preface to the First English Edition
Acknowledgments
The Essence of Existential Analysis
The Spiritual Unconscious
Existential Analysis of Conscience
Existential Analysis of Dreams
The Transcendent Quality of Conscience
Unconscious Religiousness
Psychotherapy and Theology
New Research in Logotherapy Circa 1975
Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning
Notes
References
Bibliography
About the Author
Index

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