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The Death of God and the Meaning of Life by Julian Young
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What is the meaning of life? In the post-modern, post-religious scientific world, this question is becoming a preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major figures in philosophy had something to say on the subject, as Julian Young illustrates in this book. Part One of the book presents an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Hegel and Marx who have believed in some sort of meaning of life, either in some supposed "other" world or in the future of this world. Part Two looks at what happened when the traditional structures that provided life with meaning ceased to be believed. With nothing to take their place, these structures gave way to the threat of nihilism, to the appearance that life is meaningless. Julian Young looks at the responses to this threat in the work of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Foucault and Derrida.

Author Biography

Julian Young is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Auckland and Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania. His most recent books are Heidegger's Philosophy of Art (2001), and Heidegger's Later Philosophy (2002).
Release date NZ
May 22nd, 2003
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
248
Dimensions
138x216x19
ISBN-13
9780415307901
Product ID
1682213

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