Exploring the Meaning of Life: An Anthology and Guide

Exploring the Meaning of Life: An Anthology and Guide

by Joshua W. Seachris
     
 

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Much more than just an anthology, this survey of humanity's search for the meaning of life includes the latest contributions to the debate, a judicious selection of key canonical essays, and insightful commentary by internationally respected philosophers.

  • Cutting-edge viewpoint features the most recent contributions to the debate
  • Extensive

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Much more than just an anthology, this survey of humanity's search for the meaning of life includes the latest contributions to the debate, a judicious selection of key canonical essays, and insightful commentary by internationally respected philosophers.

  • Cutting-edge viewpoint features the most recent contributions to the debate
  • Extensive general introduction offers unprecedented context
  • Leading contemporary philosophers provide insightful introductions to each section

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470658796
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/04/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
1,015,206
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"What is the meaning of life?" is one of the most important questions that can be asked. Indeed, it is the question that attracts many people to philosophy in the first place. But students are often disappointed that their courses do not address it, and instructors who wish to do so have difficulty finding appropriate texts. This anthology is the answer to their problem. It is both a guide to the issue and an excellent collection of readings from a variety of viewpoints. I recommend it for both classroom use and for personal enjoyment.

-Linda Zagzebski, The University of Oklahoma

This is a fine anthology of the best recent essays on one of the deepest philosophical questions. It is a much-needed and successful effort to make serious philosophical work accessible to literate non-specialists and students. The explanatory introductions to each part and references pointing to further readings are especially helpful.

-John Kekes, Union College

Meet the Author

Joshua W. Seachris (PhD, University of Oklahoma) is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, as well as Grant Administrator for The Character Project, which aims to map the contours of the human character by funding key research in philosophy, psychology and theology. He is the author of peer-reviewed articles on a range of topics in philosophy, including the problem of evil, Confucius and virtue, the meaning of life, and death. His work has appeared in the International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Asian Philosophy, Philo, Religious Studies, and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

With Section Introductions by:

John Cottingham (DPhil, Oxford University) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Reading, Professorial Research Fellow at Heythrop College, University of London, and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford. His recent titles include On the Meaning of Life (Routledge, 2003), The Spiritual Dimension (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Cartesian Reflections (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Why Believe? (Continuum, 2009). He is editor of the international philosophical journal Ratio.

John Martin Fischer (PhD, Cornell University) is Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, where he has held a University of California President's Chair (2006–10). He is the editor of The Metaphysics of Death (Stanford University Press, 1993), and many of his articles on death, immortality, and the meaning of life are collected in his Our Stories: Essays on Life, Death, and Free Will (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Thaddeus Metz (PhD, Cornell University) is Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His work on developing and evaluating theoretical approaches to what makes a life meaningful has appeared in such journals as American Philosophical Quarterly, Ethics, Ratio, Religious Studies, and Utilitas. His book, Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

Garrett Thomson (DPhil, Oxford University) teaches philosophy at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where he holds the Compton Chair. He is the author of several books, including On Kant (Wadsworth, 2003), On the Meaning of Life  (Wadsworth 2002), Una Introducción a la Práctica de la Filosofía (PanAmericana, 2002), Bacon to Kant (Waveland Press, 2001), On Leibniz (Wadsworth, 2001), and Needs (Routledge, 1987). With Daniel Kolak, he co-edited the six volumes of the Longman Standard History of Philosophy (Longman's Press, 2006). He is chief executive officer of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace.

Erik J. Wielenberg (PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) is Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. He is the author of Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and God and the Reach of Reason (Cambridge University Press, 2007). 

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