The Resource What's it all about? : philosophy and the meaning of life, Julian Baggini, (electronic book)

What's it all about? : philosophy and the meaning of life, Julian Baggini, (electronic book)

Label
What's it all about? : philosophy and the meaning of life
Title
What's it all about?
Title remainder
philosophy and the meaning of life
Statement of responsibility
Julian Baggini
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
What is the meaning of life? It is a question that has intrigued the great philosophers--and has been hilariously lampooned by Monty Python. Indeed, the whole idea strikes many of us as vaguely pompous, a little absurd. Is there one profound and mysterious meaning to life, a single ultimate purpose behind human existence? In What's It All About?, Julian Baggini says no, there is no single meaning. Instead, Baggini argues meaning can be found in a variety of ways, in this life. He succinctly breaks down six answers people commonly suggest when considering what life is all about--helping others, serving humanity, being happy, becoming successful, enjoying each day as if it were your last, and "freeing your mind." By reducing the vague, mysterious question of meaning to a series of more specific (if thoroughly unmysterious) questions about what gives life purpose and value, he shows that the quest for meaning can be personal, empowering, and uplifting. If the meaning of life is not a mystery, if leading meaningful lives is within the power of us all, then we can look around us and see the many ways in which life can have purpose. We can see the value of happiness while accepting it is not everything. We can see the value of success, without interpreting that too narrowly. We can see the value of seizing the day as well as helping others lead meaningful lives. We can recognize the value of love, as perhaps the most powerful motivator of all. Illustrating his argument with the thoughts of many of the great philosophers and examples drawn from everyday life, Baggini convincingly shows that the search for meaning is personal and within the power of each of us to find
Cataloging source
CaPaEBR
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Baggini, Julian
Dewey number
128
Index
no index present
LC call number
BD431
LC item number
.B23 2005eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
standards specifications
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Life
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
Label
What's it all about? : philosophy and the meaning of life, Julian Baggini, (electronic book)
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Looking for the blueprint -- Living life forwards -- More things in heaven and earth -- Here to help -- The greater good -- As long as you're happy -- Becoming a contender -- Carpe diem -- Lose your self -- The threat of meaninglessness -- Of which reason knows nothing
Control code
ebr10180663
Dimensions
22 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
204 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote
Label
What's it all about? : philosophy and the meaning of life, Julian Baggini, (electronic book)
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Looking for the blueprint -- Living life forwards -- More things in heaven and earth -- Here to help -- The greater good -- As long as you're happy -- Becoming a contender -- Carpe diem -- Lose your self -- The threat of meaninglessness -- Of which reason knows nothing
Control code
ebr10180663
Dimensions
22 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
204 p.
Form of item
electronic
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Original version note
Original electronic resource
Reproduction note
Electronic resource.
Specific material designation
remote

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