Journals Higher Education



Published: 22 February 2007

200 Pages | 10 B&W


ISBN: 9780199210701

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The Meaning of Life

Terry Eagleton

Very Short Introductions

  • An intelligent, witty, and refreshingly approachable guide to the ultimate question.
  • Ties in philosophy and literature - from the 12th century scholastics to Marx, Schopenhauer, Sartre, and Beckett.
  • Reveals how the the philosophy of language can be applied to questions of any kind, how meaning can be understood and applied, and where the limits of questioning lie.
  • Eagleton suggests that the problem of the meaning of life arose with modernity. He looks at the cultural and philosophical reasons for this, and examines the meaninglessness that appears to plague our times - from 'New Age softheadedness' to fundamentalism.
  • After surveying a variety of possible candidates, Eagleton suggests his own, perhaps surprising, conclusion to the answer to the meaning of life.