The Meaning of Life: A Reader

Paperback | September 19, 2007

EditorE. D. Klemke, Steven M. Cahn

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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 andreligious 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--thatlife 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, isideal 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.

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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 andreligious thinkers. As in previous editions, the...

E.D. Klemke is Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University. Steven Cahn is Professor of Philosophy at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.71 inPublished:September 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionIntroduction. The Question of the Meaning of LifeE.D. Klemke: PART ONE: THE THEISTIC ANSWER1. Leo Tolstoy: My Confession2. David F. Swenson: The Dignity of Human Life*3. Louis P. Pojman: Religion Gives Meaning to Life*4. Emil L. Fackenheim: Judaism and the Meaning of Life5. Philip L. Quinn: The Meaning of Life According to ChristianityPART TWO: THE NON-THEISTIC ALTERNATIVE*6. Arthur Schopenhauer: On the Sufferings of the World7. Bertrand Russell: A Free Man's Worship*8. Moritz Schlick: On the Meaning of Life9. Albert Camus: The Myth of Sisyphus10. Kurt Baier: The Meaning of Life11. Paul Edwards: The Meaning and Value of Life12. Richard Taylor: The Meaning of Life13. Thomas Nagel: The Absurd*14. Joel Feinberg: Absurd Self-Fulfillment15. E. D. Klemke: Living Without Appeal: An Affirmative Philosophy of LifePART THREE: QUESTIONING THE QUESTION16. A. J. Ayer: The Claims of Philosophy17. Kai Nielsen: Linguistic Philosophy and "The Meaning of Life"18. John Wisdom: The Meanings of the Questions of Life*19. Robert Nozick: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life*20. Susan Wolf: Meaning in Life*21. Steven M. Cahn: Meaningless Lives?*22. John Kekes: The Meaning of Life* Indicates New To This Edition

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"The third edition of this reader provides a strong foundation for helping students to think critically and systematically about the nature of reality and the meaning of life."--Dawn Jakubowski, University of Central Arkansas