Meaning in Life: The Harmony of Nature and Spirit

Meaning in Life: The Harmony of Nature and Spirit

by Irving Singer

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Overview

An acclaimed philosopher suggests that the art of living well employs the same principles as those that exist in all artistic creativity.

This final book in Irving Singer's Meaning in Life trilogy studies the interaction between nature and the values that define human spirituality. It examines the ways in which we overcome the suffering in life by resolving our sense of being divided between them. Singer suggests that the accord between nature and spirit arises from an art of life that affords meaning, happiness, and love by employing the same principles as those that exist in all artistic achievements. It is through the meaningfulness created by imagination and idealization, Singer says, that we make life worth living.

This human art form, Singer writes, enables us to unite our selfish interests with our compassionate and loving inclinations. We thereby effect a vital harmonization within which the naturalistic values of ethics, aesthetics, and religion can find their legitimate place. The good life, as envisioned by Singer, includes the love of persons, things, and ideals so intricately intermeshed that the meaning in one contributes to the meaningfulness of the other two. The result is a kind of happiness that we all desire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262513586
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/30/2009
Series: Irving Singer Library , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Irving Singer was Professor of Philosophy at MIT. He was the author of the trilogies The Nature of Love and Meaning in Life , P hilosophy of Love: A Partial Summing-Up , Mozart and Beethoven: The Concept of Love in Their Operas , all published by the MIT Press, and many other books.

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