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Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

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Does life have meaning? Is it possible for life to be meaningful when the world is filled with suffering and when so much depends merely upon chance? Even if there is meaning, is there enough to justify living?

These questions are difficult to resolve. There are times in which we face the mundane, the illogically cruel, and the tragic, which leave us to question the value
Kindle Edition, 309 pages
Published July 1st 2017 by Oxford University Press
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Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
This book is a classic of philosophical work in the best sense. The author identifies and defines the topic (People CAN indeed find meaning, even in an imperfect world), then presents and criticizes arguments against this claim. The first two-thirds of the book consist of the above-described arguments, but the last third includes practical suggestions as to how one can find/create meaning in ones life. The presentation, arguments and criticisms are all well articulated and relatively easy to ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author defines and explains the in-depth meaning of the book title in an extremely rare and enjoyable fashion. The author, Iddo Landau, makes strong statements in every chapter and focuses majorly on identifying and recognizing the significance of life. read full review
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[A] meaningful life need not be completely and wholly meaningful; it may include some parts that are meaningless.

3.5 stars

This is not so much a self-help book (as the title might suggest) but rather, a philosophy book, where the author, a professor of philosophy, looks at the different ways that philosophy and philosophers have considered life to be meaningless and, more or less, shows why they are incorrect or do not fully explain things. This book feels like it would make for a good
Erick Lima
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World is a laid back philosophy book aimed towards the people instead of other academics. It is offers life improvement through philosophical discussion as the Greeks of Old once did. The topic of discussion is whether or not our lives are meaningful and if they are how much meaning could they possible have? This is done through a two pronged approach of first dispelling the common presumptions that people have about their own life as well as encouraging readers ...more
Georgina Lara
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Life is valuable in and of itself. We may struggle at times to find its meaning but that doesn't mean it's not there or that it is purposeless. This is a philosophical digression on the meaning of life meainly directed to sceptics or cynics. I am not one of those but appreciated the breath of ideas it touches.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will leave the rating at 4 stars until I deliberate it more.

I had mixed feelings about this book, generally enjoyed it for the most part, reading certain sections with interest and enjoyment. There was a lot in this book to think about, the arguments presented by Iddo were written in a way that the common reader could understand, with the use of metaphors and simplistic language. I liked the topic of the meaning of life, it was something that interested and that I have thought about before. I
Brian Campbell
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally excellent (although sometimes too much detail for me) writing. Two pages devoted specifically to finding meaning.
Author starts by suggesting that the term "meaning of life" essentially is about what one values for their own life. Most of the book explores philosophical arguments about whether or not life can be meaningful. A recurrent perspective is that perfectionism can be a major roadblock along the path to finding meaning for yourself.
The 13 chapters of various philosophies about
Aug 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked this book: Landau spends 2/3 of the book exposing and discussing what other thinkers and philosophers along the history have had to say about the meaning of life. The last part of the book is intended to help you make your self-assessment of the meaning present in your life and to learn to better identify it.

In chapter 15, Identifying I, you have a checklist which I found a fun exercise to apply to myself. I think it's even advisable to do it before reading the book (just my take of
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meu livro favorito. Me fez pensar no sentido da vida de uma outra forma e realmente me tocou. Esse não é um livro de auto ajuda, apesar do nome parecer, e sim de filosofia. Não dou 5 estrelas porque alguns capítulos do final foram um pouco repetitivos para mim, mas foi uma leitura muito prazerosa e que realmente me acrescentou bastante!
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