The Quest for Meaning: Developing A Philosophy of Pluralism

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How different do our various religions, philosophies and traditions of thought make us? And can we see past what divides us to discover what we have in common?

In The Quest for Meaning, Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar, sets out on a journey to answer these questions and find the universal truths we hold in common, no matter how we arrive at them. Attempting to diffuse flash-points between societies, Ramadan attempts a bold synthesis of religion, from Christianity ...

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Overview

How different do our various religions, philosophies and traditions of thought make us? And can we see past what divides us to discover what we have in common?

In The Quest for Meaning, Tariq Ramadan, philosopher and Islamic scholar, sets out on a journey to answer these questions and find the universal truths we hold in common, no matter how we arrive at them. Attempting to diffuse flash-points between societies, Ramadan attempts a bold synthesis of religion, from Christianity to Buddhism, between secularists and believers, and argues that we urgently need a new philosophy of pluralism in order to foster knowledge and mutual respect.

Exploring themes of love, respect, tolerance and reason, alongside fundamental issues such as relationships between men and women and the use of the term 'civilization', Ramadan argues that there are universally shared beliefs that are arrived at in many traditions of thought. Written in a direct and meditative style, with resonance for all, this important and timely book will direct and shape debate around the important questions of our time.

He holds an MA in Philosophy and French Literature and a PhD in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Geneva. In Cairo he received one-on-one intensive training in classic Islamic scholarship from scholars at Al-Azhar University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141038025
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 641,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Ocean and Windows ix

1 The Quest for Meaning 1

2 Of the Universal 12

3 Faith and Reason 26

4 Tolerance and Respect 40

5 Freedom 51

6 Fraternity and Equality 66

7 Female, Male 81

8 The Ethics of Independence and the Independence of Ethics 96

9 Emotion and Spirituality 111

10 Education 127

11 Tradition and Modernity 144

12 The Sense of Belonging 161

13 Of Civilizations 176

14 Love, Forgiveness and Love 192

Through the Ocean, Windows 208

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    Nice book. Interestin topic and thinking. I recommend it.

    Nice book.
    Interestin topic and thinking. I recommend it.

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