Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions 3rd Edition, Kindle Edition
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While many philosophers in the "continental tradition"—those known as "existentialists"—have engaged these issues at length and often with great popular appeal, English-speaking philosophers have had relatively little to say on these important questions. Yet, the methodology they bring to philosophical questions can, and occasionally has, been applied usefully to "existential" questions. This volume draws together a representative sample of primarily English-speaking philosophers' reflections on life's big questions, divided into six sections, covering (1) the meaning of life, (2) creating people, (3) death, (4) suicide, (5) immortality, and (6) optimism and pessimism. These key readings are supplemented with helpful introductions, study questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the material accessible and interesting for students. In short, the book provides a singular introduction to the way that philosophy has dealt with the big questions of life that we are all tempted to ask.
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The book is aimed at philosophy students, and is engaging. ― Paradigm Explorer
Students and educated laypersons who read through the anthology will become familiar with some of the best and most representative works in the field which include many of the most central and important arguments on the issues discussed. While the articles are interesting and of a very high academic level, they are not too technical, too long, or otherwise difficult for students or the educated public to follow. Although there are already some anthologies that discuss the meaning of life, none relate the topic to questions of immortality, death, suicide, or the benefit of coming into existence as this one does. -- Iddo Landau ― Metapsychology Online
“David Benatar has done a superb job in bringing together this fine collection, now in its third, expanded and revised, edition. Life, Death and Meaning is quite simply the best anthology of writings on ‘analytic existentialism’ available. It has a place on every serious philosophy student’s bookshelf.” -- Geoffrey Scarre, Professor of Philosophy, Durham University --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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- ASIN : B01HE01SWM
- Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; 3rd edition (March 28, 2016)
- Publication date : March 28, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2099 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 486 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1442258330
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,717,780 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I stumbled upon this book by searching for books authored by the recently deceased ethicist Derek Parfit. Predictably, some of his ideas and arguments are discussed in this collection.