Faculty Book: Steven M. Cahn, ed.
E. D. Klemke and Steven M. Cahn, eds.
The Meaning of Life: A Reader, 3rd edition
(Oxford University Press, 2007)
Featuring nine new articles chosen by coeditor Steven M. Cahn, this third edition of The Meaning of Life offers twenty-two insightful selections that explore this fascinating topic. The essays are primarily by philosophers but also include materials from literary figures and religious thinkers. As in previous editions, the readings are organized around three themes. In Part I the articles defend the view that without faith in God, life has no meaning or purpose. In Part II the selections oppose this claim, defending instead a nontheistic, humanistic alternative—that life can have meaning even in the absence of theistic commitment. In Part III the contributors ask whether the question of the meaning of life is itself meaningful. This unique anthology is ideal for students and the general reader who is looking for an accessible and stimulating introduction to the subject. Steven Cahn is a professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: OCT 11, 2007