The Meaning of Life A Reader

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 10/11/2007
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Featuring nine new articles chosen by coeditor Steven M. Cahn, the third edition of E. D. Klemke's The Meaning of Life offers twenty-two insightful selections that explore this fascinating topic. The essays are primarily by philosophers but also include materials from literary figures and religious thinkers. As in previous editions, the readings are organized around three themes. In Part I the articles defend the view that without faith in God, life has no meaning or purpose. In Part II the selections oppose this claim, defending instead a nontheistic, humanistic alternative--that life can have meaning even in the absence of theistic commitment. In Part III the contributors ask whether the question of the meaning of life is itself meaningful. The third edition adds substantial essays by Moritz Schlick, Joel Feinberg, and John Kekes as well as selections from the writings of Louis P. Pojman, Emil L. Fackenheim, Robert Nozick, Susan Wolf, and Steven M. Cahn. The only anthology of its kind, The Meaning of Life: A Reader, Third Edition, is ideal for courses in introduction to philosophy, human nature, and the meaning of life. It also offers general readers an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject.

Table of Contents

=New to this edition
Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
The Question of the Meaning of Life E.D. Klemke
The Theistic Answer
My Confession
The Dignity of Human Life
Religion Gives Meaning to Life
Judaism and the Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life According to Christianity
The Non-Theistic Alternative
On the Sufferings of the World
A Free Man's Worship
On the Meaning of Life
The Myth of Sisyphus
The Meaning of Life
The Meaning and Value of Life
The Meaning of Life
The Absurd
Absurd Self-Fulfillment
Living Without Appeal: An Affirmative Philosophy of Life
Questioning the Question
The Claims of Philosophy
Linguistic Philosophy and "The Meaning of Life"
The Meanings of the Questions of Life
Philosophy and the Meaning of Life
Meaning in Life
Meaningless Lives?
The Meaning of Life
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