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Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy

Jerry L. Walls

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195113020
eISBN:
9780199834815
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195113020.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The Christian doctrine of heaven has been a moral source of enormous power in Western culture. It has provided a striking account of the ultimate good in life and has for two millennia animated the ... More


Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life

Douglas V. Porpora

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134919
eISBN:
9780199834563
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134915.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This book is at once both a work of sociology and a work of ethical and religious philosophy. As a work of sociology, it contributes to the ongoing debate over secularization by documenting an ... More


The Meaning of Life

Douglas V. Porpora

in Landscapes of the Soul: The Loss of Moral Meaning in American Life

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195134919
eISBN:
9780199834563
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195134915.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Very religious people, it is found, are likely to feel that they know what the meaning of life is. While others generally believe firmly that life has meaning, they deny knowing what the meaning is. ... More


Heaven, Morality, and the Meaning of Life

Jerry L. Walls

in Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195113020
eISBN:
9780199834815
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195113020.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

It is argued that naturalistic views of reality undermine both morality and meaning – naturalism has difficulty not only in making sense of altruism but also in providing us with deeply persuasive ... More


The Human Condition

John Kekes

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199588886
eISBN:
9780191595448
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

This book is a response to the growing disenchantment in the Western world with contemporary life. It provides rationally justified answers to questions about the meaning of life, the basis of ... More


The Joy of Philosophy: Thinking Thin versus the Passionate Life

Robert C. Solomon

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195165401
eISBN:
9780199870103
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165403.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The Joy of Philosophy: Thinking Thin and the Passionate Life is a return to some of the perennial questions of philosophy, questions about the meaning of life, about death and tragedy, about the ... More


Buying Life Insurance: Multiple Motives but Consistent Preferences

Cheris Shun-ching Chan

in Marketing Death: Culture and the Making of a Life Insurance Market in China

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195394078
eISBN:
9780199951154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394078.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

This chapter asks what makes people in China buy life insurance, what kinds of products they buy, and why. Through studying the intentions and interpretations of their choices, it aims to explain the ... More


Spiritual Care

Robert Lambert

in Palliative Care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: From diagnosis to bereavement, 2nd Edn

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
November 2011
ISBN:
9780199212934
eISBN:
9780191730368
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212934.003.0011
Subject:
Palliative Care, Patient Care and End-of-Life Decision Making, Palliative Medicine Research

This chapter focuses on spiritual care which is of great importance in the treatment of ALS. In this chapter, the importance of spirituality in the treatment of patients and families facing ALS is ... More


Meaning in Life

Thaddeus Metz

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199599318
eISBN:
9780191747632
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599318.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

It is only in the last 50 years that life’s meaning has become a distinct field in Western philosophy, and merely in the last 25 or so that debate with real substance and complexity has appeared. ... More


The Meaning of Life: Rephrasing Questions

Irving Singer

in Meaning in Life: The Creation of Value

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262513562
eISBN:
9780262259187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262513562.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Questions about the meaning of life have been linked to the history of philosophy. People long to uncover the secrets of the universe and what it means, while seeking a meaningful way to live their ... More


Deleuze and the Meaning of Life

Claire Colebrook

in Deleuze and Philosophy

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748624799
eISBN:
9780748652396
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624799.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter examines the role of Henri Bergson and Edmund Husserl in the development of Gilles Deleuze's concept of Superfold about the meaning of life. It explains that Superfold describes the ways ... More


Introduction

Thaddeus Metz

in Meaning in Life

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199599318
eISBN:
9780191747632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599318.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

This chapter spells out the major aim of the book, which is to answer the question of what makes a life meaningful by providing a theoretical answer, one that is comprehensive and basic, viz., ... More


Music and existence

Alf Gabrielsson

in Strong Experiences with Music: Music is much more than just music

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199695225
eISBN:
9780191729775
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695225.003.0020
Subject:
Psychology, Music Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter presents selected accounts about music and existence. Strong experiences of music can embrace thoughts and reflections on life and existence. Music can be perceived as mirroring what it ... More


Meaning in Life

Alan H. Goldman

in Life's Values: Pleasure, Happiness, Well-Being, and Meaning

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780198829737
eISBN:
9780191868238
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198829737.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

When philosophers these days write of meaning in life, they usually refer to the value or importance of a life, not meaning in any ordinary sense. Older philosophers wrote of the meaning of life as ... More


Wotan’s Authority

Philip Kitcher and Richard Schacht

in Finding an Ending: Reflections on Wagner’s Ring

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195183603
eISBN:
9780199850457
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183603.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Opera

In spite of how Wotan’s judgments have apparently developed over the long course of events in the drama, these are still surpassed by other developments. His final judgments are, in a way, not in ... More


Living with Nietzsche: What the Great "Immoralist" has to Teach Us

Robert C. Solomon

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195160147
eISBN:
9780199835065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195160142.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This is a different kind of book about Nietzsche. It is about Nietzsche as a personal role model and a guide to a “rich inner life” and focuses neither on Nietzsche’s biography nor on the usual ... More


The Creation of Meaning

Irving Singer

in Meaning in Life: The Creation of Value

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262513562
eISBN:
9780262259187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262513562.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In Western religion, God’s plan provides a foundation for the meaning of life. The ideas of Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre about ontological anxiety relate to the creation of meaning as well ... More


Immortality

Tim Mulgan

in Purpose in the Universe: The moral and metaphysical case for Ananthropocentric Purposivism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2015
ISBN:
9780199646142
eISBN:
9780191813993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646142.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter takes up the question of life after death. It aims to tease out the metaphysical requirements of theism and morality, and then to demonstrate both that the former outstrip the latter and ... More


Conclusion: The love of Life

Irving Singer

in Meaning in Life: The Creation of Value

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262513562
eISBN:
9780262259187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262513562.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book has attempted to determine what might constitute a life that is both meaningful and significant, but has left many questions about “the meaning of life” unanswered. It has argued that human ... More


The Meanings of Lives

Susan Wolf

in The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780195332803
eISBN:
9780190219123
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332803.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter draws a distinction between the question of the Meaning of Life and the question of what, if anything, makes a life (more or less) meaningful. By looking at paradigms of arguably ... More


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