The Meaning of Human Existence

Author: Edward O. Wilson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company


Category: Science

Page: 192

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National Book Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?" In The Meaning of Human Existence, his most philosophical work to date, Pulitzer Prize–winning biologist Edward O. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, examining what makes human beings supremely different from all other species. Searching for meaning in what Nietzsche once called "the rainbow colors" around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination, Wilson takes his readers on a journey, in the process bridging science and philosophy to create a twenty-first-century treatise on human existence—from our earliest inception to a provocative look at what the future of mankind portends. Continuing his groundbreaking examination of our "Anthropocene Epoch," which he began with The Social Conquest of Earth, described by the New York Times as "a sweeping account of the human rise to domination of the biosphere," here Wilson posits that we, as a species, now know enough about the universe and ourselves that we can begin to approach questions about our place in the cosmos and the meaning of intelligent life in a systematic, indeed, in a testable way. Once criticized for a purely mechanistic view of human life and an overreliance on genetic predetermination, Wilson presents in The Meaning of Human Existence his most expansive and advanced theories on the sovereignty of human life, recognizing that, even though the human and the spider evolved similarly, the poet's sonnet is wholly different from the spider's web. Whether attempting to explicate "The Riddle of the Human Species," "Free Will," or "Religion"; warning of "The Collapse of Biodiversity"; or even creating a plausible "Portrait of E.T.," Wilson does indeed believe that humanity holds a special position in the known universe. The human epoch that began in biological evolution and passed into pre-, then recorded, history is now more than ever before in our hands. Yet alarmed that we are about to abandon natural selection by redesigning biology and human nature as we wish them, Wilson soberly concludes that advances in science and technology bring us our greatest moral dilemma since God stayed the hand of Abraham.

An Ultimate Mystery Behind Human Existence

Author: Mrugank D. Trivedi




Page: 294

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This book will address the dilemma of existence and human existence in particular. Questions about the nature and meaning of existence have preoccupied humanity for thousands of years, at least since the psychological revolution 50,000 years ago, and since then many great thinkers in human history have grappled with the subject. Of course, there must have been individuals before the philosophers that we know of who dealt with the meaning of human existence, but unfortunately none of this has come down to us. I suspect this because everyone can use their intellect, as already demanded (""Have the courage to have your own intellect / reason!""). And while not everyone looks for the first and last reason, they have most likely wondered why.

Natural Law & Human Dignity

Author: Eberhard Schockenhoff

Publisher: CUA Press


Category: Religion

Page: 348

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Do human rights apply only to a certain culture group or can they be demanded of all cultures and religions? Presenting a new theological theory of natural law, this discussion about a common world ethos demonstrates how relevant and explosive that question is.

Destination of the Species

Author: Michael Meacher

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing


Category: Philosophy

Page: 248

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What is one to believe about the ultimates of human existence? What Michael Meacher seeks to do in this book is rather to assess the evidence - the whole range of it - without a predetermined worldview as a premise, and to decide, as objectively as possible, what the evidence on balance points to.

Landscapes of the Soul

Author: Douglas V. Porpora

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand


Category: Religion

Page: 366

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Almost all Americans believe in God. But, the author shows, this belief has little impact on their lives. He finds them unable to see any meaning in life, lacking any heroes, and without a compelling moral vision.

Between Man and God

Author: Martin Sicker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group


Category: Philosophy

Page: 280

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Sicker attempts to deal with the awesome question, "Where was God at Auschwitz?" and with it some of the related central issues of Judaic thought and belief that have come under critical challenge. He argues that traditional non-dogmatic Judaic theology does not require radical revision but a sympathetic understanding of its assumptions and ideas and a desire to reformulate them in more modern terms.

New Dimensions of Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy

Author: Chung-ying Cheng

Publisher: State University of New York Press


Category: History

Page: 640

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This is the first book to thoroughly explore Confucian and Neo-Confucian metaphysics and ethics, building upon the creativity and temporality of human existence and human nature as well as their extension into human culture. Fundamental essays deal cogently with the relationship between Chinese language and Chinese philosophy, offering general categories which shape the matrix of ideas woven in Chinese philosophy from its very beginnings. Along with more general characterizations, there are themes placing Confucian thinkers in touch with modern communication theories, perceptions of individuals, religious themes, and scientific worldviews. Conceptual and comparative essays probe the frontiers of Chinese philosophy in its contemporary Confucian revival.

Private Fleming at Chancellorsville

Author: Perry Lentz

Publisher: University of Missouri Press


Category: History

Page: 359

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"Focusing on the exploits of Private Henry Fleming and his fellow soldiers, Lentz's study of Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage debunks earlier criticism of the novel as impressionistic by proving, through a close examination of war history, combat, and, specifically, the Chancellorsville battle, its realistic founding"--Provided by publisher.