What is the that means of lifestyles? In modern day secular, post-religious clinical international, this question has develop into a major preoccupation. however it additionally has an extended historical past: many significant philosophers have concept deeply approximately it, as Julian younger so vividly illustrates during this thought-provoking moment version of The loss of life of God and the which means of Life.
Three new chapters discover Søren Kierkegaard’s makes an attempt to maintain a Christian resolution to the query of the that means of existence, Karl Marx's try and translate this resolution into naturalistic and atheistic phrases, and Sigmund Freud’s deep pessimism concerning the risk of any model of such a solution. half 1 provides an historic review of philosophers from Plato to Marx who've believed in a which means of existence, both in a few meant ‘other’ international or sooner or later of this global. half 2 assesses what occurred whilst the normal constructions that supply existence that means started to erode. With not anything to take their position, those buildings gave option to the specter of nihilism, to the looks that existence is incomprehensible. younger appears to be like on the responses to this probability in chapters on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Foucault and Derrida.
Fully revised and up-to-date all through, this hugely enticing exploration of basic concerns will captivate someone who’s ever requested themselves the place life’s which means (if there's one) fairly lies. It additionally makes an ideal historic creation to philosophy, relatively to the continental tradition.