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The Courage to Think for Yourself: The Search for Truth and the Meaning of Human Life

The Courage to Think for Yourself: The Search for Truth and the Meaning of Human Life

by Leszek Figurski


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This book was written with the purpose of proclaiming the duty of each individual to search for truth and the meaning of existence. The twentieth century produced such monsters as Hitler, Stalin, and Pol Pot who revealed the deadly drive of people who blindly followed these tyrants. Ignorance, passivity, and sheepish readiness to sell one's life into the hands of self-made political "saviors" have created the sad reality of our times. Our world today is characterized by a growing cult of political power. There is an almost complete neglect of the individual person and of moral values in general. We should always remember that those who neglect reflection sentence themselves to repeat the same catastrophes and mistakes. Thinking requires determination and endurance. It is not easy. It demands courage to question the most fundamental convictions that may be accepted by others without any reflection or evaluation. Thinking requires courage because it involves a certain risk and may lead to unexpected conclusions. Above all, passion for truth is necessary for every honest seeker. The Socratic saying, "an unexamined life is not worth living," is as true today as it ever was before.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761859017
Publisher: UPA
Publication date: 12/30/2012
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Leszek Figurski, M.A., Th.L, Ph.D., was born in Poland. He studied Catholic theology and Thomistic philosophy at Gregorian University in Rome, Italy, and received his doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University in Bronx, New York. He has taught philosophy and theology at Mercy College, Felician College, and Seton Hall University. Figurski is currently a professor at St. Peter’s College. His interests lie in the history of philosophy, the nature of philosophy, ethics, symbolic logic, metaphysics, and religions of the world. He lives in Manhattan, New York. Please visit his website for more information:

Table of Contents


Part I
Chapter I. Why Philosophy?
Chapter II. The Uses of Philosophy - The Incompleteness of Science
Chapter III. The Scope of Philosophy
Chapter IV. Selected Questions and Answers
Chapter V. The Philosophical Attitude
Chapter VI. On Thinking - Obstacles and Helps
Chapter VII. How to Approach a Philosophical Problem?

Part II
Chapter I. Man as the Wondering Seeker for Truth
Chapter II. Views on Man
Chapter III. "Who or What am I?"
Chapter IV. Determinism/Freedom - To Live or to be Lived?
Chapter V. Human Knowledge
Chapter VI. Roads Leading to Nowhere

Concluding Thoughts

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