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What's It All about?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
     

What's It All about?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

by Julian Baggini
 

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ISBN-10: 0195315790

ISBN-13: 9780195315790

Pub. Date: 01/08/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press

What is the meaning of life? It is a question that has intrigued the great philosophers-and has been hilariously lampooned by Monty Python. Indeed, the whole idea strikes many of us as vaguely pompous and perhaps more than a little absurd. Is there one profound answer, an ultimate purpose behind human existence?

Julian Baggini thinks not. Rather, as Baggini argues

Overview

What is the meaning of life? It is a question that has intrigued the great philosophers-and has been hilariously lampooned by Monty Python. Indeed, the whole idea strikes many of us as vaguely pompous and perhaps more than a little absurd. Is there one profound answer, an ultimate purpose behind human existence?

Julian Baggini thinks not. Rather, as Baggini argues in What's It All About, meaning can be found in a variety of ways. He succinctly breaks down six answers people commonly suggest when considering what life is all about-helping others, serving humanity, being happy, becoming successful, enjoying each day as if it were your last, and "freeing your mind." In this way, he reduces the vague, mysterious question of "meaning" to a series of more specific (if unmysterious) questions about what gives life purpose and value. Illustrating his argument with the thoughts of many of the great philosophers and examples drawn from everyday life, Baggini convincingly shows that the search for meaning can be a personal, empowering, and uplifting journey that is within the power of each of us to make.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195315790
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/08/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
591,331
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Looking for the blueprint
2. Living life forwards
3. More things in heaven and earth
4. Here to help
5. The greater good
6. As long as you're happy
7. Becoming a contender
8. Carpe diem
9. Lose your self
10. The threat of meaninglessness
11. Of which reason knows nothing

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