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The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction

Terry Eagleton

April 2008

ISBN: 9780199532179

128 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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We have all wondered about the meaning of life. Is there an answer? Is it up to us? Or is the question a bogus one? Terry Eagleton takes a witty, stimulating look at this most compelling of questions - and proposes his own answer.

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We have all wondered about the meaning of life. Is there an answer? Is it up to us? Or is the question a bogus one? Terry Eagleton takes a witty, stimulating look at this most compelling of questions - and proposes his own answer.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Terry Eagleton, John Edward Taylor Professor of English at the University of Manchester

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Questions and Answers
    2:The Problem of Meaning
    3:The Eclipse of Meaning
    4:Is Life What You Make It?
    Further reading

Reviews

Review from previous edition The book's a little gem. - Suzanne Harrington, Irish Examiner (Cork)

Light hearted but never flippant. - The Guardian.

Wonders never cease. This is popular philosophy by an amateur in the best sense of the word, a man who clearly loves the stuff and writes plain English...[Eagleton] makes his case well and with a light touch. - The Guardian (Review)

It is a stimulating and often entertaining, if at times rather breathless, Cook's tour around the chief monuments of western philosophy and literature...The Meaning of Life is unusual and refreshing. - John Gray, The Independent

[Eagleton] makes his case well and with a light touch... I stand convinced. - Simon Jenkins, Guardian Book of the Week

A lively starting point for late-night debate. - John Cornwell, Sunday Times

Warm intellectual pleasure...meticulous treatment of the subject...It looks like Eagleton got it right. - Mario Pisani, The Financial Times

The name Terry Eagleton...assures us of stimulation, style, sparkling, sometimes acerbic, wit, and wide-ranging erudition. In other words he is eminently readable...[a] commendably pocket-sized book. - Gordon Parsons, Morning Star

With sparkling effrontery, panache, and deft footwork, Eagleton moves from ironic flippancy and caustic demolition to resolute affirmation. - Marina Warner

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