The Meaning of Life by E.D. KlemkeThe Meaning of Life by E.D. Klemke

The Meaning of Life

byE.D. Klemke, Steven M. Cahn

Paperback | June 28, 2017

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Featuring twenty-five insightful selections by prominent philosophers, literary figures, and religious thinkers, The Meaning of Life serves as an ideal core text for courses on the meaning of life and introduction to philosophy courses where the topic is emphasized. The fourth edition addsselections reflecting Buddhist and Confucian thought and also features a new Part IV on the end of life, raising issues about how our perspectives on death affect our understanding of the meaning of life.
The late E.D. Klemke was Professor of Philosophy at Iowa State University, where he taught for more than twenty years. Steven M. Cahn is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of more than fifty books. Most recently, he authored Religion Within Reason (2017) and ...
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Title:The Meaning of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:June 28, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

*=New to this EditionPreface to the Fourth EditionPreface to the Third EditionPreface to the Second EditionIntroduction. The Question of the Meaning of Life, E. D. KlemkePART ONE. THE THEISTIC ANSWER1. Leo Tolstoy: My Confession2. Philip L. Quinn: The Meaning of Life According to Christianity3. Emil L. Fackenheim: Judaism and the Meaning of Life4. Christopher W. Gowans: The Buddha's Message *5. Henry Rosemont, Jr.: The Confucian Way *PART TWO. THE NONTHEISTIC ALTERNATIVE6. Arthur Schopenhauer: On the Sufferings of the World7. Bertrand Russell: A Free Man's Worship8. 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 Absurd14. Joel Feinberg: Absurd Self-Fulfillment15. E. D. Klemke: Living Without Appeal: An Affirmative Philosophy of LifePART THREE. QUESTIONING THE QUESTION16. John Wisdom: The Meanings of the Questions of Life17. Robert Nozick: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life18. Susan Wolf: Meaning in Life19. Christine Vitrano: Meaningful Lives ** PART FOUR. THE END OF LIFE20. Thomas Nagel: Death *21. Bernard Williams: The Makropulos Case: Reflections on the Tedium of Immortality *22. John Martin Fischer: Why Immortality Is Not So Bad 2 *23. Samuel Scheffler: The Afterlife *24. Harry G. Frankfurt: How the Afterlife Matters *25. Susan Wolf: The Significance of Doomsday *About the Contributors

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"The Meaning of Life, Fourth Edition, includes in one affordable volume all of the most important and influential writings on the meaning of life." --Erik Wielenberg, DePauw University