The Meaning of Human Existence

A 21st-century philosophical argument against mechanistic views of human life outlines expansive and advanced theories on human behavior to consider how humans are supremely different from all other species.

Author: Edward O. Wilson

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ISBN: 1631491148

Category: Health & Fitness

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A 21st-century philosophical argument against mechanistic views of human life outlines expansive and advanced theories on human behavior to consider how humans are supremely different from all other species. By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of On Human Nature. 75,000 first printing.
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Kierkegaard and Spirituality

This book successfully demonstrates that Kierkegaard's psychology and theology cannot be separated and that if you are interested in one, you must confront the other.

Author: C. Stephen Evans

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ISBN: 0802872867

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We live spiritually when we live in the presence of God. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is often read for his contributions to Christian theology, but he also has much to offer about spirituality--both Christian and more generally human. C. Stephen Evans assesses Kierkegaard's belief that true spirituality should be seen as accountability: the grateful recognition of our existence as gift. Spirituality takes on a Christian flavor when one recognizes in Jesus Christ the human incarnation of the God who gives us being. In this clearly written and substantive book a leading scholar on Kierkegaard's thought makes Kierkegaard's contributions to spirituality accessible not only to philosophers and theologians but to pastors, spiritual directors, and lay Christians. The Kierkegaard and Christian Thought series, coedited by C. Stephen Evans and Paul Martens, aims to promote an enriched understanding of nineteenth-century philosopher-theologian Søren Kierkegaard in relation to other key figures in theology and key theological concepts.
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The Origin Of Human Existence

Who are we? What are we doing here? Where do we come from? If you are struggling with that questions, then this book is for you. This book offers you the opportunity to understand and accept this great Truth.

Author: Marcelle Tela

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ISBN: 9798536611173

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Do you want to know the meaning of life? Who are we? What are we doing here? Where do we come from? If you are struggling with that questions, then this book is for you. This book offers you the opportunity to understand and accept this great Truth. In its pages, you will be able to understand how your mind and brain have been shaped from birth so that you can not recognize the Truth.
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Profound Simple

This is a book that spans several topics that are assigned as a chapter.

Author: William R. Melich

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781514438756

Category: Philosophy

Page: 184

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This is a book that spans several topics that are assigned as a chapter. These topics include my philosophy on existence, human existence, and the ultimate realm of reality, as well as on energy and matter, dimension, motion, time and space, the natural world, education, politics, religion, athletics, economics, ethics, perception and actuality, and so on. Many of the ideas, principles, and theories are not radically new, yet I hope that my presentation of them can provide some perspectives that you may have not considered, which in turn can help you broaden your awareness and inspire a more dynamic and enthusiastic pursuit on the deeper meanings of both experience and imagination. This book, as such you could say, is a basic scientific but mostly philosophic summation of what I have learned through my current lifetime of study and contemplation.
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The Meaning of Human Existence

Whether in the cosmos or in the human condition, the second, more inclusive meaning exists in the evolution of present-day reality amid countless other ...

Author: Edward O. Wilson

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780871404800

Category: Science

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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.
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A Multi approach to Understanding Human Existence

A motivational book with deep insight on human existence and meaning of life, it is full of reality from the past, present and future

Author: Sola Olorunda

Publisher: International Standard Book Number

ISBN: 9780806342

Category: Nature

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A motivational book with deep insight on human existence and meaning of life, it is full of reality from the past, present and future
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Existence

And this is the empirical approach while studying Existence. Yet what exactly is Existence in itself? How or where does Existence exist? Is Existence limited to the human existence, perception, and reasoning?

Author: Valentin Matcas

Publisher: Valentin Leonard Matcas

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Category: Social Science

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It is easy to distinguish what it is from what it is not, just by telling them apart, or just by knowing what exists, from what it does not. And this is the empirical approach while studying Existence. Yet what exactly is Existence in itself? How or where does Existence exist? Is Existence limited to the human existence, perception, and reasoning? Is Existence limited to the cognitive summation of all living beings? Yes, because all living beings form Existence, just because the term ‘being’ implies to be, to exist. However, the term ‘real’ implies the same. Because the concept ‘existence’ has a multitude of terms defining it, and now we have to consider them while studying Existence in all details. And as you notice, we are not looking for a superficial, empirical study, because we already have it, since we already know that everything that exists exists and everything that does not exist does not exist. We want more, we want a comprehensive study of Existence, through all premises: existential, empirical, philosophical, cognitive, interconnected, mathematical, living, social, developmental, scientific, analytical, rational, and so on. But what exactly is there escaping the senses of perception of all living beings in the world? The nonexistent, certainly. And what exactly exists and takes place beyond Existence itself? Again, it is the nonexistent, yet this is the case for us only, from our perspective. Because Existence is relative to any observer. For example, you have one existence defining you, and it is your own existence. And in this manner, you may exist even alone, on your own, and you still exist, for yourself. Yet for others, if they never encounter and never interact with you directly and implicitly, then you do not exist for them, you are simply part of the inexistent, and so are they for you, from your own perspective. Because there might be zillions of realities similar to ours, but if they never interact with us, they never exist for us, while we never exist for them. And this is the case for all realities, because nothing exists at the exterior of any reality, not even this concept of ‘exterior.’ The purpose of this book is to study Existence entirely through accurate facts, from all perspectives and in all circumstances, in order to be able to understand it completely. Furthermore, we use Existence to define, understand, and explain everything else related to humans and human life. And since Existence stands at the base of everything that exists in the world, this accounts for everything indeed.
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Two in One

About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work.

Author: John Fount Martin

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ISBN: 133251491X

Category: Self-Help

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Excerpt from Two in One: The Story of Two Blended Lives Exemplifying and Illustrating the Meaning and Final Perfected State of Human Existence In the year 1891, I made the acquaintance of the authors of this work. Being for some months guests at the same hotel, our acquaintance ripened into a very warm friendship. At this time, their faces were seamed with marks of age and care, but were lighted up with a radiance of peace and joy which rumor attributed to their recent nuptials. They were quite reticent in regard to their past lives and I learned only that they had known each other in early youth and that after a half century of vicissitudes their life-currents had lately merged into one. On separation from them they, henceforth, dropped out of my life except as enshrined in friendship's memory, until 1906, when I received the following brief communication: Beulah Place. Dear Friend and Bro.: Have you kept in remembrance a pair of oldish people named Morven who, years ago, were sojourners with you for a time in an Oakland hotel? With us, the intervening time has but served to strengthen the bond of friendship then formed. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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Philosophy and Human Existence

This book will enthrall anyone concerned with ultimate questions - the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, the fate of humanity, Gender in African conceptual schemes, African Metaphysics, Religion and politics among others.

Author: Alloy S. Ihuah

Publisher: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing

ISBN: 3838383362

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Philosophy and Human Existence is a collection of essays in Existential philosophy. It aims at improving the understanding of Man and the world around him. The book provides readers with analytical skills and the basic ingredients of their intellectual formation and aids their self knowledge and wisdom. It argues in addition that, a meaningful and eventful human existence is predicated on man's knowledge of himself; his values and ideas. This book will enthrall anyone concerned with ultimate questions - the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, the fate of humanity, Gender in African conceptual schemes, African Metaphysics, Religion and politics among others. The book has not only succeeded in bringing together the varied elements that make up the universe in a single volume, it has done so in a comprehensive, lucid and, above all, readable way.
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Biography of Human Existence

There is a profound meaning to life and a deep purpose for being here on earth.

Author: Sneh Chakraburtty

Publisher: Perfect Publishers Limited

ISBN: 1905399774

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There is a profound meaning to life and a deep purpose for being here on earth. A "rare" few find this purpose consciously and begin a journey of spiritual adventure within. Living consciously is a spiritual lifestyle. A being wrapped in ignorance of the True Nature of its Self, loses its moorings and is unable to identify its goal in life, namely seeking the Self. Enlightened Masters tell every blind seeker how to live and realize the life's Ultimate purpose.
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Prometheus

Carl Kerényi examines the story of Prometheus and the very process of mythmaking as a reflection of the archetypal function and seeks to discover how this primitive tale was invested with a universal fatality, first in the Greek ...

Author: Carl Kerényi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691019079

Category: Literary Criticism

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Prometheus the god stole fire from heaven and bestowed it on humans. In punishment, Zeus chained him to a rock, where an eagle clawed unceasingly at his liver, until Herakles freed him. For the Greeks, the myth of Prometheus's release reflected a primordial law of existence and the fate of humankind. Carl Kerényi examines the story of Prometheus and the very process of mythmaking as a reflection of the archetypal function and seeks to discover how this primitive tale was invested with a universal fatality, first in the Greek imagination, and then in the Western tradition of Romantic poetry. Kerényi traces the evolving myth from Hesiod and Aeschylus, and in its epic treatment by Goethe and Shelley; he moves on to consider the myth from the perspective of Jungian psychology, as the archetype of human daring signifying the transformation of suffering into the mystery of the sacrifice.
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Daoist Encounters with Phenomenology

This collection is intercultural philosophy at its best.

Author: David Chai

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350069541

Category: Philosophy

Page: 328

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This collection is intercultural philosophy at its best. It contextualizes the global significance of the leading figures of Western phenomenology, including Husserl, Hegel, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Buber and Levinas, enters them into intercultural dialogue with the Daoism of Laozi and Zhuangzi and in doing so, breaks new ground. By presenting the first sustained analysis of the Daoist worldview by way of phenomenological experience, this book not only furthers our understanding of Daoism and phenomenology, but delves deeper into the roots of human thinking, aesthetic expression, and its impact on the modern social world. The international team of philosophers approach the phenomenological tradition in the broadest sense possible, looking beyond the phenomenological language of Husserl. With chapters on art, ethics, death and the metaphor of dream and hermeneutics, this collection encourages scholars and students in both Asian and Western traditions to rethink their philosophical bearings and engage in meaningful intercultural dialogue.
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Search for a Rational Ethic

Where do ethical precepts come from? What should be the goals of civilization, beyond mere survival and hedonic reward? These are the kinds of topics George Snell boldly addresses in Search for a Rational Ethic.

Author: George D. Snell

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461239048

Category: Philosophy

Page: 317

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Knowledge we have in great abundance, and enough exists if wisely used to solve many of the most threatening problems of humanity. The key word is wisely; wisdom we sorely lack. There is a special role to be played by distinguished scholars who, having passed the most challenging tests of their specialized fields, are willing to confront the central questions of human existence. What is life (where is the boundary between life and non-life)? Why do we behave as we do? What is the meaning of human existence? Where do ethical precepts come from? What should be the goals of civilization, beyond mere survival and hedonic reward? These are the kinds of topics George Snell boldly addresses in Search for a Rational Ethic. Scientific knowledge is especially important in any such endeavor, because we are in the golden age of science, and scientific research increasingly impinges on the domain of philosophy. Indeed, it is not too much to say that philosophy has consisted to a large extent of failed neurological models. Much of its investigation pivots on how the mind works, that is, to what extent the mind can perceive reality, how concepts are formed, what is the source of moral reasoning, and so forth. In creasingly, scientific research is leading us to the physical basis of mind. If we are ever to create the correct neurological model, it will be through science.
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The Mystery Of Human Life

This is something about which You were right.

Author: Benton Averette

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9798742974239

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This is something about which You were right. The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for. The ominous fall of the gods and collapse of the ancient world is planet Earth s greatest unsolved mystery. The solution, as revealed in this book, will forever change the way we view ourselves, science, religion, and the gods of the ancient world. Ancient Reality / Modern Myths The fall of the gods and the collapse of the ancient world left humans alone on the earth in the dark ages between the ancient and modern worlds. In the deep ignorance of that age, academia created the modern myths of ideological science and religion. Answering one question will expose those myths. The Question: What Caused the Collapse of the Ancient World? The world-changing discovery, presented in this book, will answer that question and solve the mystery of human existence.
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Time

The editors of "Scientific American" magazine explore the many concepts of time in this entertaining and informative look into a subject that is intrinsic to human existence. Original.

Author: Scientific American Magazine

Publisher: Ibooks

ISBN: 0743458869

Category: Science

Page: 320

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The editors of "Scientific American" magazine explore the many concepts of time in this entertaining and informative look into a subject that is intrinsic to human existence. Original.
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2 IN 1

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

Author: John Fount 1839- Martin

Publisher: Wentworth Press

ISBN: 1374558214

Category: History

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