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The Resource Does life have a meaning?, Milton K. Munitz

Does life have a meaning?, Milton K. Munitz

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Does life have a meaning?
Title
Does life have a meaning?
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Milton K. Munitz
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The meaning of life" ... we question it, ponder it, dispute and fret about it, but at some point each of us finds the need to address this fundamental issue of human existence. Some believe that there is purpose inherent in our nature as human beings and in the vast universe of which we are but a small part. Others hold that the values we strive for and the virtues we seek are revealed to us by a divine creator of the cosmos in whose plan we figure as integral components. Still others say that our lives have no intrinsic meaning beyond that which we give them. With such competing views, how are we to sort out for ourselves this special human concern? In Does Life Have a Meaning? well-known philosopher and scholar Milton Munitz suggests that we must first set aside our comfortable assumptions and try to gain an accurate understanding of this powerful concept known as "the meaning of life." The power of its impact on our lives requires that we first consider the basic character of the world around us. We can approach this intellectual and spiritual need by trying to map out the major dimensions of existence in the hope of sorting out what constitutes the content of our world. Equipped with such an overview, we should be in a better position to consider the locus, opportunities, and limits for finding various types and sources of meaning in our individual lives. In pursuit of this goal, Munitz contends that we must recognize a basic distinction between two important dimensions of Reality: (1) the observable universe - the domain of interactive existents (including human existents) open to increasingly refined identification of its varied contents, their intelligibility, and - in very limited cases - to human control, and (2) Boundless Existence, a wholly unintelligible, transcendent aspect of Reality that should not to be confused with common theistic conceptions of God. Munitz explores the "the meaning of life" on the dimension of the observable universe when the life of any individual human existent is made intelligible in some degree and the extent to which at least some of the meanings embedded in the multiple interactions of a human existent with other existents (human or not) are of a welcome, rewarding character as judged by humanly chosen criteria, rather than by claiming to ground them in some preassigned cosmic or divine source and authority. Conversely, he discusses the prospects for finding meaning in life within the context of Boundless Existence, that vast transcendence devoid of properties and conceptual bounds whether religious, scientific, or philosophic. Does Life Have a Meaning? will tweak many comfortable beliefs about who we are and what, if anything, life has to offer. It will help remove the intellectual clutter from a topic that has occupied our attention for centuries
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DLC
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1913-
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Munitz, Milton Karl
Dewey number
144
Index
no index present
LC call number
B821
LC item number
.M79 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Frontiers of philosophy
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  • Humanism
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
  • Life
  • Lebenssinn
Label
Does life have a meaning?, Milton K. Munitz
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Does Life Have a Meaning? 1. The Diversity of Responses ---2. Making Sense of the Question --- 3. Incentives for Raising the Question. a. Critical Junctures in the Life of an Individual -- b. Suffering and Death -- c. Secularization and Spiritual Homelessness -- d. Uses of a World Picture ---- II. Scanning Existence. Dimensions of Reality. 1. a. Cosmology --- b. Ontology --- 2. The Observable Universe. a. The Observable Region and the Universe as a Whole --- b. Realism and Expanding Horizons -- c. A Conversation with Einstein --- 3. Interactive Existents. a. The Existence of Individuals --- 4. Boundless Existence. a."Boundless" -- b."That"-- c. "Of" -- d. Immanence and Transcendence -- e. Summary ---- III. The Locus of Meanings. 1. Interactive Meanings. a. A Simple Schema -- b. Filling in the Schema --- 2. Life Under the Aspect of Boundless Existence. a. Cosmic Spirituality -- b. Wonder -- c. Consequences -- d. The Rest Is Silence -- e. Summing Up
Control code
28631815
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
114 pages
Isbn
9780879758608
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93029529
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1566592
Label
Does life have a meaning?, Milton K. Munitz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
I. Does Life Have a Meaning? 1. The Diversity of Responses ---2. Making Sense of the Question --- 3. Incentives for Raising the Question. a. Critical Junctures in the Life of an Individual -- b. Suffering and Death -- c. Secularization and Spiritual Homelessness -- d. Uses of a World Picture ---- II. Scanning Existence. Dimensions of Reality. 1. a. Cosmology --- b. Ontology --- 2. The Observable Universe. a. The Observable Region and the Universe as a Whole --- b. Realism and Expanding Horizons -- c. A Conversation with Einstein --- 3. Interactive Existents. a. The Existence of Individuals --- 4. Boundless Existence. a."Boundless" -- b."That"-- c. "Of" -- d. Immanence and Transcendence -- e. Summary ---- III. The Locus of Meanings. 1. Interactive Meanings. a. A Simple Schema -- b. Filling in the Schema --- 2. Life Under the Aspect of Boundless Existence. a. Cosmic Spirituality -- b. Wonder -- c. Consequences -- d. The Rest Is Silence -- e. Summing Up
Control code
28631815
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
114 pages
Isbn
9780879758608
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
93029529
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1566592

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