Synopses & Reviews
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.and#160;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.
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.
Includes bibliographical references.
About the Author
The acclaimed author of books including The American Soul, The Essential Marcus Aurelius, Lost Christianity, 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 has also served as research associate at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research and was a research fellow at Union Theological Seminary. He lives in Oakland, California.
Table of Contents
The Heart of Philosophy Preface to the Tarcher/Penguin Edition
Part I: Philosophy, Where Are You?
2. Socrates and the Myth of Responsibility
Part II: Wendy, Sim, and Other Philosophers
4. Nondepartmental Offering
5. Questions in the Margin
6. A Strange Warmth
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