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What's it All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

What's it All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

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By (author) Julian Baggini

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1862077800
  • ISBN 13: 9781862077805
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 161,554

Product description

This book is aimed at the reader who is serious about confronting the big issues in life but is turned-off by books which deal with them through religion, spirituality or 'psycho-babble'. It is for people who want an honest, intelligent discussion which doesn't hide from the difficulties or make undeliverable promises. It aims to help the reader to understand the overlooked issues behind the obvious questions and shows how philosophy does not so much answer them as help provide us with the resources to answer them for ourselves.

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Author information

Julian Baggini is the editor and co-founder of The Philosophers' Magazine. He writes regularly for the Guardian, Independent and Independent on Sunday, Prospect and the TES, and has appeared on Nightwaves and In Our Time. He is the author of Making Sense: Philosophy Behind the Headlines (OUP) and Atheism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP).

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"Useful and provocative."--Wall Street Journal"Looking for a clear guide to what contemporary philosophy has to say about the meaning of life? Baggini takes us through all the plausible answers, weaving together Kierkegaard, John Stuart Mill, Monty Python, and Funkadelic in an entertaining but always carefully reasoned discussion."--Peter Singer, author of How Are We To Live"A work of popular philosophy that is simple, serious and devoid of ostentation. The question of the meaning of life has long been a byword for pretentious rambling. It takes some nerve to tackle it in a brisk and no-nonsense fashion." --New Statesman"Informative, thought-provoking, and entertaining in the process.The book takes a refreshingly personal approach and offers an encounter with a vigorous mind at work, puzzling through the issues in a trenchantly argued but subtly reasoned way."--New Humanist"It's egalitarianism of style and content is admirable. There is nothing here to p