The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience

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byDiana Lobel

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Diana Lobel engages readers in a journey of discovery across Eastern and Western philosophical and religious traditions to discover a beauty and purpose at the heart of reality that makes life worth living. Guided by the ideas of ancient thinkers and the insight of the philosophical historian Pierre Hadot, The Quest for God and the Good does not treat philosophy as an abstract, theoretical discipline, but as a living experience.

For centuries, human beings have struggled to know why we are here, whether a higher being or dimension exists, and whether our existence is fundamentally good. Above all, we want to know whether the search for God and the good will bring us happiness. Following in the path of ancient philosophers, Lobel directly connects conceptions of God, or an Absolute, with notions of the good, illuminating diverse classical texts and thinkers for readers unfamiliar with their teachings. She explores the Bible and the work of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Maimonides, al-Farabi, and al-Ghazali. She reads the Tao Te Ching, I Ching, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads, as well as texts of Theravada, Mahayana, and Zen Buddhism. Lobel traces the repercussions of these works in the modern thought of Alfred North Whitehead, Iris Murdoch, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Charles Taylor. Each of these texts or thinkers sets forth a distinct vision; all see that human beings find fulfillment in their contact with beauty and purpose. Rather than arriving at one universal definition of God or the good, Lobel demonstrates the aesthetic beauty of multiple visions presented by many thinkers and across cultures. The Quest for God and the Good sets forth a path of investigation and discovery culminating in intellectual and spiritual communion.

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Diana Lobel engages readers in a journey of discovery across Eastern and Western philosophical and religious traditions to discover a beauty and purpose at the heart of reality that makes life worth living. Guided by the ideas of ancient thinkers and the insight of the philosophical historian Pierre Hadot, The Quest for God and the Goo...

Diana Lobel is associate professor of religion at Boston University and the author of Between Mysticism and Philosophy: Sufi Language of Religious Experience in Judah Halevi's Kuzari and A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue: Philosophy and Mysticism in Bahya Ibn Paquda's Duties of the Heart.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. "God Saw That It Was Good": The Creation of the World in the Hebrew Bible
2. A Divine Craftsman Shapes All for the Good: Plato's Realm of the Forms
3. Change and the Good: Chinese Perspectives
4. The Harmony of Reason and Revelation: Augustine and Maimonides on Good and Evil
5. You Are the Absolute: Philosophies of India
6. Compassion, Wisdom, Awakening: The Way of Buddhism
7. The Good Is That to Which All Things Aim: Aristotle on God and the Good
8. The Philosopher as Teacher: Al-F?r?b? on Contemplation and Action
9. The Imitation of God: Maimonides on the Active and the Contemplative Life
10. The Dance of Human Expression: al-Ghaz?l? and Maimonides
Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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Lobel's Quest for God and the Good is about the travel, not the destination; it is about raising the questions, not answering them once and for all.