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What is the meaning of life? In the post-modern, post-religious scientific world, this question is becoming a preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major figures in philosophy had something to say on the subject, as Julian Young so vividly illustrates in this thought-provoking book.

Part One of the book presents an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Hegel and Marx who have believed in some sort of meaning of life, either in some supposed 'other' world or in the future of this world. Part Two looks at what happened when the traditional structures that provided life with meaning ceased to be believed. With nothing to take their place, these structures gave way to the threat of nihilism, to the appearance that life is meaningless. Julian Young looks at the responses to this threat in the work of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Foucault and Derrida.

This compelling and highly engaging exploration of fundamental values will captivate anyone who's ever asked themselves where life's meaning (if there is one) really lies. It also makes a perfect historical introduction to philosophy.

Synopsis:

What is the meaning of life? In the post-modern, post-religious scientific world, this question is becoming a preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major figures in philosophy had something to say on the subject. This book begins with an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Hegel and Marx who have believed in some sort of meaning of life, either in some supposed "other" world or in the future of this world. Young goes on to look at what happened when the traditional structures that provided life with meaning ceased to be believed.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780415307901
Author:
Young, Julian
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Young Julian
Location:
London
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Spiritual life
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Nihilism
Subject:
Death of God.
Subject:
Meaning
Subject:
Movements - Humanism
Subject:
Philosophy -- History.
Subject:
Meaning (Philosophy) -- History.
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Series Volume:
no. 2002-04
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
236
Dimensions:
8.54x5.50x.73 in. .71 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , What is the meaning of life? In the post-modern, post-religious scientific world, this question is becoming a preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major figures in philosophy had something to say on the subject. This book begins with an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Hegel and Marx who have believed in some sort of meaning of life, either in some supposed "other" world or in the future of this world. Young goes on to look at what happened when the traditional structures that provided life with meaning ceased to be believed.

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