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Meaning and existence

William T. Blackstone

Meaning and existence

introductory readings in philosophy.

by William T. Blackstone

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Published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Philosophy

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographies.

    StatementEdited by William T. Blackstone.
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsB21 .B57
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxiv, 817 p.
    Number of Pages817
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL5703673M
    ISBN 100030832543
    LC Control Number70142325
    OCLC/WorldCa139055

    This Meaning and existence book relies on the argument that the semantic function of a proper name is to tell us which object bears the name, and thus to identify some object. Only wisdom based on self-understanding, not piety, will save us. Let me recall that which was perhaps the deepest experience I had in the concentration camp. Wilson grapples with these and other existential questions, examining what makes human beings supremely different from all other species. It may well be that interpreting the first in terms of the latter motivates a doctor to bury his patient's existential despair under a heap of tranquilizing drugs. Do abstractions such as goodness, blindness, and virtue exist in the same sense that chairs, tables, and houses exist?

    Thus, I had to undergo and to overcome the loss of my spiritual child. The human epoch that began in biological evolution and passed into pre- then recorded, history Meaning and existence book now more than ever before in our hands. However, precisely such tension is an indispensable prerequisite of mental health. For example, in the United States presidential electiona politician and actor named Fred Thompson ran for the Republican Party nomination. I think that even the saints did not care for anything other than simply to serve God, and I doubt that they ever had it in mind to become saints. In Eastern philosophy, Anicca Sanskrit anitya or " impermanence " describes existence.

    After having shown the beneficial impact of meaning orientation, I turn to the detrimental influence of that feeling of which so many patients complain today, namely, the feeling of the total and ultimate meaninglessness of their lives. Frankl also Meaning and existence book that there are only two races of men, decent men and indecent. Would they be interested in finding the truth of what Nietzsche called, in Human, All Too Human, the rainbow colors around the outer edges of knowledge and imagination? It is a constant review of stories experienced in the past and competing stories invented for the future. This meaning is unique and specific in that it must and can be fulfilled by him alone; only then does it achieve a significance which will satisfy his own will to meaning.


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Meaning and existence by William T. Blackstone Download PDF Ebook

But the capacity to decide, and how and why the capacity came into being, and the consequences that followed, are the broader, science-based meaning of human existence. Only Meaning and existence book based on self-understanding, not piety, will save us.

Do abstractions such as goodness, blindness, and virtue exist in the same sense Meaning and existence book chairs, tables, and houses exist?

Buddhism teaches a middle way, avoiding the extreme views of eternalism and nihilism. Individuals have a purpose in being on Earth. Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? 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.

Altogether, the results of the neuroscience of religion thus far suggest strongly that a religious instinct does indeed exist. Moreover, 61 per cent conceded that there was something, or someone, in their own lives for whose sake they were even ready to die. In other words, self-actualization cannot be attained if it is made an end in itself, but only as a side-effect of self-transcendence.

The Meaning Of Existence

No one can become fully aware of the very essence of another human being unless he loves him. 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.

For example, if we form a complete notion of Moses, and superadd to that notion the claim that Moses existed, we are not adding anything to the notion of Moses.

Yet alarmed that we are about to abandon natural selection by redesigning biology and human nature as Meaning and existence book wish them, Meaning and existence book soberly concludes that advances in science and technology bring Meaning and existence book our greatest moral dilemma since God stayed the hand of Abraham.

Thus, a proper name must have a bearer if it is to be meaningful. If architects want to strengthen a decrepit arch, they increase the load which is laid upon it, for thereby the parts are joined more firmly together. That is where meaning is to be found. To take this step in our journey, to get hold of the human condition, we need next a much broader definition of history than is conventionally used.

A painter tries to convey to us a picture of the world as he sees it, an ophthalmologist tries to enable us to see the world as it really is. There is no predestination, no unfathomed mystery of life In other words, life's meaning is an unconditional one for it even includes the potential meaning of suffering.

Viewed in this light, a statement once made by Magda B. Traditional psychotherapy has aimed at restoring one's capacity to work and to enjoy life; logotherapy includes these, yet goes further by having the patient regain his capacity to suffer, if need be, thereby finding meaning even in suffering.

Now, if I say man is pulled by values, what is implicitly referred to is the fact that there is always freedom involved: the freedom of man to make his choice between accepting or rejecting an offer, i.42comusa.com We have to go back to the meaning of the term existence.

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