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The Meaning of Life: A Reader

 
 
 
 
The Meaning of Life: A Reader
Author: N/A
ISBN 13: 9780195327304
ISBN 10: 195327306
Edition: 3
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2007-10-11
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
List Price: $37.95
 
 

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.