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What is the purpose of life on Earth? Philosopher Jacob Needleman frames man's role on the planet in a completely new and fresh way, moving beyond the usual environmental concerns to reveal how the care and maintenance of a world is something vital and basic to our existence as authentic human beings.
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In some of his most deeply affecting writing, Needleman draws on his childhood experiences with a terminally ill friend whose impending death forces the young boys to face questions of the meaning of existence at an early ageandmdash;questions that Needleman carried with him in his explorations of science and philosophy throughout his career as a scholar of religions. The conclusions that he reaches will give all of us a new sense of the purpose of our lives and the planet we live on.

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Needleman (philosophy, San Francisco State U.) argues that great philosophical ideas can occupy an important place in the everyday life of contemporary people. He has added a new preface to the 1982 Alfred A. Knopf edition.
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Includes bibliographical references.

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Philosophy as it is frequently taught in classrooms bears little relation to the impassioned and immensely practical search for self-knowledge conducted by not only its ancient avatars but also by men and woman who seek after truth today. In The Heart of the Philosophy, Jacob Needleman provides a "user's guide" for those who would take philosophy seriously enough to understand its life-transforming qualities.

About the Author

The acclaimed author of The American Soul, Why Can’t We Be Good? and Money and the Meaning of Life, Jacob Needleman is Professor of Philosophy at San Francisco State University, and former Director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He lives in Oakland, CA.

Table of Contents

The Heart of Philosophy Preface to the Tarcher/Penguin Edition

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Philosophy, Where Are You?

1. Introduction

2. Socrates and the Myth of Responsibility

3. Pythagoras

Part II: Wendy, Sim, and Other Philosophers

4. Nondepartmental Offering

5. Questions in the Margin

6. A Strange Warmth

7. Parents

Part III: Remembering Philosophy

8. Eros and Ego: Toward a Redefinition of the History of Philosophy

9. Reality: The Problem and the Question

10. One Self: Two Words

11. The Indestructible Question

Conclusion

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Daniel Raphael, May 1, 2006 (view all comments by Daniel Raphael)
If I were teaching an Introduction to Philosophy class and could choose only one text, this would be it. This would be so for the benefit of those students who were only taking Philosophy as a way of satisfying a Humanities requirement, and thus would likely never again be exposed to the subject--as well as for those who were specifically drawn to it. The great virtue of Jacob Needleman's book is that it lays out in clear and damningly accurate words, the true state of contemporary American "philosophy," an exercise academic in the fullest sense of the term.

Needleman writes: "In human civilization, and in the individual life of every human being, behind every problem to be solved, there is a question of philosophy to be asked--and not only asked as we usually ask, but to be pondered and lived with as a reminder of something we have forgotten, something essential. Our culture has generally tended to solve its problems without experiencing its questions. That is our genius as a civilization, but it is also our pathology. Now the pathology is overtaking the genuius, and people are beginning to sense this everywhere."

Lest this seem overly dramatic or perhaps obscure, let me ask whether a culture content to let most of the world's wealth be consumed by it, only to wake up one day to find the polar icecaps melting, its national identity the object of worldwide loathing, and its own much-vaunted political processes in dramatic decline, is not in fact a culture which is being overtaken by its unasked questions. I offer to you the thought that this is precisely the sort of thing that is happening, and which is the outcome of what Needleman addresses.

Questions are the sort of bird that demand to be fed. They can be quite insistent after a time, and even fatal--as Nietzsche discovered, and as any number of others could testify, having felt the unrelenting press of meaning's clamor to be uncaged. Jacob Needleman's book has grown more timely with the years, as the sustained neglect he addresses continues to create increasingly alarming cultural breakdowns. I commend this book to you without reservation; if you never read another text of philosophy, you will still be well-served to have read this one.

As a "heads up," I should mention that the original text employed the outdated practice of utilizing the male pronoun to designate human individuals and humanity as a whole. Not having read the more current version, I do not know whether this has been corrected.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781585422517
Author:
Needleman, Jacob
Publisher:
Tarcher
Location:
New York
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
v. 10.
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.13 x 5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Philosophy as it is frequently taught in classrooms bears little relation to the impassioned and immensely practical search for self-knowledge conducted by not only its ancient avatars but also by men and woman who seek after truth today. In The Heart of the Philosophy, Jacob Needleman provides a "user's guide" for those who would take philosophy seriously enough to understand its life-transforming qualities.
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