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Spirituality for the Skeptic: The Thoughtful Love of Life

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Is it possible to be spiritual and yet not believe in the supernatural? Can a person be spiritual without belonging to a religious group or organization? In this book, philosopher Robert Solomon offers challenging answers to these questions as he explodes commonly held myths about what is means to be spiritual in today's pluralistic world.
Based on Solomon's own struggles
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 16th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 1st 2002)
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Nov 05, 2011 Marije rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
Although Solomon introduces some interesting ideas in this plea for a thoughtful and passionate kind of spirituality, I could not set myself to finishing this book. I made it to chapter 5.
Maybe I just couldn't follow his train of thought (especially when paraphrasing Hegel - whose theories I never quite grasped), but I could not shake the impression Solomon just wasn't going anywhere. Despite the fact that I seemed at least partly to agree with his view of life, it was never clear why a 'though
As I begin reading the Contents page and Preface of this book my own experience of philosophy arises. The references immediately apparent here are Hegel and Nietzsche, both of whom I am yet to read directly. Part of me wants to hold off from reading further until I do experience these well-known and much quoted and analysed writers. Part of me is sick of all those interpretations by others getting in the way of my own experience and understanding.
But what most arises here for me is the awareness
Frank Jude
Nov 02, 2008 Frank Jude rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers who don't just buy what the establishment is selling.
A good book, I was looking for something more -- something a bit deeper from Solomon, however. And, as usual, although Solomon acknowledges the existence of the rich philosophical tradtions of Asia, I would like greater depth with the analysis. I'm myself working toward a Zen Natualism, and was hoping to get some resonating ideas from this book, but it's apparent that spirituality is still a new field for Solomon, so as good as this sometimes is, from a western perspective, it is still somewhat ...more
Feb 18, 2008 Summer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Summer by: stumbled upon it in the spirituality section
A fascinating, yet technical read, Spiriuality for the Skeptic is a heartfelt and deeply probing book. I was searching for a book on the topic, and by the way there are few. Few modern ones anyway. It was a time in my life where the supernatural was frivolous and I welcomed secularity with open arms. Only, how can we have morals without God? Personal meaning without universal meaning? Robert Solomon quotes classic philosophers on these enduring questions. This book is a testament for a thoughtfu ...more
Aug 05, 2008 Deb rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone wishing to explore their personal spirituality.
I really liked this book but it was not an easy read. I read a chapter a night and jotted down quotes to think about and process the next day or so. It defines terms as a philosopher,the author,would. I have always felt that I am deeply spiritual though I don't tie this spirituality to any religious doctrine. Finally someone gave me the words to describe and define my spirituality.

The author discusses what he calls "naturalized spirituality" as well as supernatural. Individual chapters deal wi
Ben Tousey
May 29, 2013 Ben Tousey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must-read for all those who find themselves seeking a "connection" to the universe but who also acknowledge that there isn't a mythological being out there to make our lives better. It's a great way for the skeptic, or the humanist, and the atheist to look at life and find joy in it.
Steven Wright
Sep 08, 2012 Steven Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A reaction against the new atheist movement of the time, this poignant work offers a means of finding personal meaning in rituals while continuing to remain agnostic about metaphysical matters
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The place of spirituality of the non-believer. The section on fate and destiny was worth the purchase.
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Robert C. Solomon (September 14, 1942 – January 2, 2007) was a professor of continental philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin.

Early life

Solomon was born in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a lawyer, and his mother an artist. After earning a B.A. (1963) at the University of Pennsylvania, he moved to the University of Michigan to study medicine, switching to philosophy for an M.A. (1965)
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“What gives life meaning is a form of rebellion, rebellion against reason, an insistence on believing passionately what we cannot believe rationally. The meaning of life is to be found in passion—romantic passion, religious passion, passion for work and for play, passionate commitments in the face of what reason knows to be meaningless.” 15 likes
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