The Meaning of Life: A Reader / Edition 3

The Meaning of Life: A Reader / Edition 3

by E. D. Klemke
     
 


Featuring nine new articles chosen by coeditor Steven M. Cahn, the third edition of E. D. Klemke's The Meaning of Life offers twenty-two insightful selections that explore this fascinating topic. The essays are primarily by philosophers but also include materials from literary figures and religious thinkers. As in previous editions, the readings areSee more details below

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Featuring nine new articles chosen by coeditor Steven M. Cahn, the third edition of E. D. Klemke's The Meaning of Life offers twenty-two insightful selections that explore this fascinating topic. The essays are primarily by philosophers but also include materials from literary figures and religious thinkers. As in previous editions, the readings are organized around three themes. In Part I the articles defend the view that without faith in God, life has no meaning or purpose. In Part II the selections oppose this claim, defending instead a nontheistic, humanistic alternative--that life can have meaning even in the absence of theistic commitment. In Part III the contributors ask whether the question of the meaning of life is itself meaningful.
The third edition adds substantial essays by Moritz Schlick, Joel Feinberg, and John Kekes as well as selections from the writings of Louis P. Pojman, Emil L. Fackenheim, Robert Nozick, Susan Wolf, and Steven M. Cahn. The only anthology of its kind, The Meaning of Life: A Reader, Third Edition, is ideal for courses in introduction to philosophy, human nature, and the meaning of life. It also offers general readers an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195327304
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/11/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
285,882
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

*=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
PART ONE. THE THEISTIC ANSWER
1. Leo Tolstoy: My Confession
2. David F. Swenson: The Dignity of Human Life
* 3. Louis P. Pojman: Religion Gives Meaning to Life
* 4. Emil L. Fackenheim: Judaism and the Meaning of Life
5. Philip L. Quinn: The Meaning of Life According to Christianity
PART TWO. THE NONTHEISTIC ALTERNATIVE
* 6. Arthur Schopenhauer: On the Sufferings of the World
7. Bertrand Russell: A Free Man's Worship
* 8. Moritz Schlick: On the Meaning of Life
9. Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus
10. Kurt Baier: The Meaning of Life
11. Paul Edwards: The Meaning and Value of Life
12. Richard Taylor: The Meaning of Life
13. Thomas Nagel: The Absurd
* 14. Joel Feinberg: Absurd Self-Fulfillment
15. E. D. Klemke: Living Without Appeal: An Affirmative Philosophy of Life
PART THREE. QUESTIONING THE QUESTION
16. A. J. Ayer: The Claims of Philosophy
17. Kai Nielsen: Linguistic Philosophy and "The Meaning of Life"
18. John Wisdom: The Meanings of the Questions of Life
* 19. Robert Nozick: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
* 20. Susan Wolf: Meaning in Life
* 21. Steven M. Cahn: Meaningless Lives?
* 22. John Kekes: The Meaning of Life

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