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The Death of God and the Meaning of Life.

Author: Julian Young
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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What is the meaning of life? In today's secular, post-religious scientific world, this question has become a serious preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major philosophers have thought deeply about it, as Julian Young so vividly illustrates in this thought-provoking second edition of The Death of God and the Meaning of Life. Three new chapters explore Søren Kierkegaard's attempts to preserve a  Read more...
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Young, Julian.
Death of God and the Meaning of Life.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Julian Young
ISBN: 9781135020903 1135020906
OCLC Number: 880530878
Notes: Religiousness A again.
Description: 1 online resource (262 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Abbreviations; Introduction; PART I Before the death of God; 1 Plato; Being versus becoming; The claim that love is madness; Heaven-sent madness; The soul's constitution; The fall and rise of the soul; The philosophical life; Platonic love; Criticism; The meaning of life; Plato and Christianity; 2 Kant and Christianity; The persecution of Galileo; The problem of science; How to believe in science and in God; The moral argument for God; Criticism; 3 Kierkegaard; The aesthetic life; Don Giovanni; 'The Seducer's Diary' Kierkegaard's critique of the aesthetic lifeThe ethical life; The religious life; The suspension of the ethical; The difference between the ethical and the religious; Kierkegaard's critique of the ethical; Overcoming the despair of weakness; God and immortality; Religiousness A versus religiousness B; Criticism; 4 Schopenhauer; The possibility of metaphysics; The world as will; To will is to suffer; Redemption; Criticism; 5 Freud; The question: is civilisationworth it?; What is civilisation?; Sexuality; Aggression; The answer; Criticism; 6 Early Nietzsche; Hellenism and pessimism. The Apollonian solution to nihilismThe Dionysian solution to nihilism; European Buddhism; The world as an aesthetic phenomenon; Critique of European Buddhism; 7 Hegel; Absolute idealism; Antigone and the Greek state; The master-slave dialectic; Overcoming alienation; Criticism; 8 Marx; Dialectical materialism; Capitalism; After the revolution; The communist utopia; Bakunin's objection; Freud's objection; Anarchy and peer-group pressure; PART II After the death of God; 9 Later Nietzsche; Drifting; Learning from artists; Self-creation; Being clear about who one is. The eternal return of the sameLoving fate; Personal providence; The superman; Criticism; 10 Posthumous Nietzsche; Theworld as will to power; The will to power and the eternal return; Power is the meaning of life; Criticism; 11 Early Heidegger; Being-in-the-world; Inauthenticity; Inauthentic being-towards-death; Authentic being-towards-death; Authenticity; Heritage; Criticism; 12 Sartre; Being-for-itself versus being-in-itself; Sartre-One; Facticity and freedom; Values are chosen; There are no excuses; The anguish of freedom; The absurd; Bad faith; Self-deception; 13 Sartre (continued). A futile passionAn impossible synthesis; The look; Why absurdity matters; Sartre versus Heidegger; 14 Camus; The problem of suicide; The absurd; Camus and Kierkegaard; Sisyphus; Don Juan and the actor; Algerian gods; Burning up versus building up; 15 Foucault; Foucault's aim; Foucault's method; Madness; Criticism; Sexuality; The prison; Docile bodies; Freedom and beauty; Criticism; 16 Derrida; Différance; Deconstruction; Deconstruction as away of life; 17 Later Heidegger; Ancient technology; Modern technology; Work; Truth; Metaphysics; The festival; Guardianship as themeaning of life.

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