The Death of God and the Meaning of Life

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What is the meaning of life? In today's secular, post-religious scientific world, this question has become a serious preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major philosophers have thought deeply about it, as Julian Young so vividly illustrates in this thought-provoking second edition of The Death of God and the Meaning of Life.

Three new chapters explore Søren Kierkegaard’s attempts to preserve a Christian answer to the question of the meaning of life, Karl Marx's attempt to translate this answer into naturalistic and atheistic terms, and Sigmund Freud’s deep pessimism about the possibility of any version of such an answer. Part 1 presents an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Marx who have believed in a meaning of life, either in some supposed ‘other’ world or in the future of this world. Part 2 assesses what happened when the traditional structures that give life meaning began to erode. With nothing to take their place, these structures gave way to the threat of nihilism, to the appearance that life is meaningless. Young looks at the responses to this threat in chapters on Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Foucault and Derrida.

Fully revised and updated throughout, this highly engaging exploration of fundamental issues will captivate anyone who’s ever asked themselves where life’s meaning (if there is one) really lies. It also makes a perfect historical introduction to philosophy, particularly to the continental tradition.

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'This book is excellent as a weekend read, yet is sectioned perfectly for use as a course text; it is absolutely a worthwhile read for professional philosophers and students of philosophy alike, as well as anyone who has ever wondered about "the meaning of life".' – Dialogue

'This inventive and consistently engaging book steps outside the dusty problematics central to mainstream philosophy and addresses a question that is central to a wide audience in the modern world... As a result, the book marks out genuinely new ground... the conclusion is not only intellectually engaging, but also deeply moving.' - Charles Guignon, University of South Florida, USA

'Young is to be congratulated in producing a lively and accessible discussion of some difficult philosophical texts.' - The London Magazine

'Young's book builds on his excellent study of Nietzsche's aesthetics.' - The Philosopher's Magazine

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