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The Meaning of Life

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Many writers in various fields--philosophy, religion, literature, and psychology--believe that the question of the meaning of life is one of the most significant problems that an individual faces. In The Meaning of Life, Second Edition, E.D. Klemke collects some of the best writings on this topic, primarily works by philosophers but also selections from literary figures an...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 9th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1981)
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Oct 15, 2009 H added it
Shelves: philosophy
A bit of a silly book, not b/c of its proposed subject matter but b/c each of the essays in all three sections (religious answer, atheistic answer, and questioning the question) is too brief to fully construct a significant argument. Camus' essay is not his best, nor is Tolstoy's. For such a fragmented approach as this, the best essay here is probably Bertrand Russell's one-page epilogue, which seems to avoid the larger philosophical question anyhow.
Mehwish Mughal
This book has been a journey for me - A remarkable one!
Prior to reading this book, I was naively searching for answers to the existential questions. Yes, I am claiming that I have put these questions to rest now - for good!
"Meaning of life" is a universal question but the answer to it is personal. There is no right or wrong way of leading one's life, it all comes down to what we want out of it. The essays in the book took me through the process of coming to this conclusion. Such a conclusion, i...more
Juju Fardos
Sep 15, 2010 Juju Fardos is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Schopenhauer is such a pessimistic author, yet his pessimism made me strike the light and emphasis on the good that is found in this world... in a weird way it emphasized how much i love my life and how much i should appreciate it... it made me see the smaller things in life in a more magnified and bigger picture...
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My Confession, Leo Tolstoy
On the Sufferings of the World, Arthur Schopenhauer
A Free Man's Worship, Bertrand Russell
The Meaning of Life, Kurt Baier
The Claims of Philosophy, A.J. Ayer
The Meanings of the Questions of Life, John Wisdom
Meaning in Life, Susan Wolf
Meaningless Lives?, Steven M. Cahn
Jan 29, 2011 Robert rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Lud Schlecht
I read this as part of my undergraduate independent study. Klemke compiled a good collection of essays to read. It seems to me I read some of Klemke's writings for this study too.
Moses Operandi
There are some great essays in here, notably Thomas Nagel's "The Absurd." Other essays were much less interesting.
Daniel Walsh
Really good introductory articles provide insight into fascinating minds. I urge everyone to read this book.
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