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The Search for Meaning: A Short History / Edition 1
     

The Search for Meaning: A Short History / Edition 1

by Dennis Ford
 

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ISBN-10: 0520257936

ISBN-13: 9780520257931

Pub. Date: 12/02/2008

Publisher: University of California Press


In The Search for Meaning: A Short History, Dennis Ford explores eight approaches human beings have pursued over time to invest life with meaning and to infuse order into a seemingly chaotic universe. These include myth, philosophy, science, postmodernism, pragmatism, archetypal psychology, metaphysics, and naturalism. In engaging, companionable prose,

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In The Search for Meaning: A Short History, Dennis Ford explores eight approaches human beings have pursued over time to invest life with meaning and to infuse order into a seemingly chaotic universe. These include myth, philosophy, science, postmodernism, pragmatism, archetypal psychology, metaphysics, and naturalism. In engaging, companionable prose, Ford boils down these systems to their bare essentials, showing the difference between viewing the world from a religious point of view and that of a naturalist, and comparing a scientific worldview to a philosophical one. Ford investigates the contributions of the Greeks, Kant, and William James, and brings the discussion up to date with contemporary thinkers. He proffers the refreshing idea that in today's world, the answers provided by traditional religions to increasingly difficult questions have lost their currency for many and that the reductive or rationalist answers provided by science and postmodernism are themselves rife with unexamined assumptions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520257931
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/02/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,280,396
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents


Preface: When Meaning Becomes a Question
1. Introduction

PART I. CLASSICAL SOURCES OF MEANING
2. Myth and Meaning
3. Philosophy and Meaning
4. Science and Meaning
5. Postmodernism and Meaning

PART II. CONTEMPORARY SOURCES OF MEANING
6. Pragmatism and Meaning
7. Archetypal Psychology and Meaning
8. Metaphysics and Meaning
9. Naturalism and Meaning
10. Conclusion

Appendix: How Meaning Affects Our Sense of Right and Wrong
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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