The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers reveals how great philosophers of the past sought to answer the question of the meaning of life. This edited collection includes thirty-five chapters which each focus on a major philosophical figure, from Confucius to Rorty, and that imaginatively engage with the topic from their perspective. This volume also contains a Postscript on the historical origins and original significance of the phrase `the meaning of life'.
Written by leading experts in the field, such as A.C. Grayling, Thaddeus Metz and John Cottingham, this unique and engaging book explores the relevance of the history of philosophy to contemporary debates. It will prove essential reading for students and scholars studying the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, metaphysics or comparative philosophy.
Stephen Leach is Honorary Senior Fellow at Keele University, UK. He is the author of The Foundations of History: Collingwood's Analysis of Historical Explanation (2009). James Tartaglia is Professor of Metaphysical Philosophy at Keele University, UK. He is the author of Philosophy in a Meaningless Life (2016).
Contents Notes on Contributors Preface Confucius Joshua Seachris and Richard Kim The Buddha Mark Siderits Vyasa Arindam Chakrabarti Socrates A.C. Grayling Plato David Skrbina Diogenes Will Desmond Zhuangzi David E. Cooper Aristotle Monte Ransome Johnson Epicurus Catherine Wilson Koheleth Thaddeus Metz Epictetus A.A. Long Sextus Empiricus Svavar Hrafn Svavarsson Avicenna Nader El-Bizri Maimonides Alfred L. Ivry Aquinas Edward Feser Montaigne Stephen Leach Descartes John Cottingham Spinoza Genevieve Lloyd Kant Terry F. Godlove Schopenhauer Robert Wicks Kierkegaard Mark Bernier Marx Amy E. Wendling Mill Frans Svensson Nietzsche Raymond Angelo Belliotti Ortega Pedro Blas Gonzalez Wittgenstein Reza Hosseini Heidegger Wendell O'Brien Sartre Joseph S. Catalano Beauvoir Jonathan Webber Weil Lissa McCullough Ayer James Tartaglia Camus William McBride Murdoch Bridget Clarke Fanon Samuel Imbo Rorty Alan Malachowski Postscript: The Blue Flower Bibliography Index