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Summary of Raymond Belliotti’s, What is the Meaning of Human Life?

Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris

Raymond Belliotti is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy SUNY Fredonia. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Harvard University.

Belliotti’s book What Is The Meaning Of Human Life? (2001) advances an objective naturalist approach to meaning. Continue reading Summary of Raymond Belliotti’s, What is the Meaning of Human Life?

Christopher Belshaw’s, 10 Good Questions about Life and Death

Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris

Christopher Belshaw is a Senior Lecturer in philosophy at the Open University. He received his PhD from the University of California-Santa Barbara. In his 2005 book, 10 Good Questions About Life And Death, he devotes a chapter to the question “Is It All Meaningless?” Continue reading Christopher Belshaw’s, 10 Good Questions about Life and Death

Summary of Viktor Frankl’s, Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Emil Frankl M.D., PhD. (1905 – 1997) was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist as well as a Holocaust survivor. Frankl was the founder of logotherapy, a form of Existential Analysis, and best-selling author of Man’s Search for Meaning, which belongs on any list of the most influential books in last half-century—it has sold over 12 million copies!
According to a survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club, it is one of “the ten most influential books in America.” Continue reading Summary of Viktor Frankl’s, Man’s Search for Meaning

Summary of Owen Flanagan’s “What Makes Life Worth Living?”

Owen Flanagan

Owen Flanagan (1949 – ) is the James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University. He has done work in philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of social science, ethics, moral psychology, as well as Buddhist and Hindu conceptions of the self.

In his essay, “What Makes Life Worth Living?” Flanagan does not assume “that life is or can be worth living.”[i] Continue reading Summary of Owen Flanagan’s “What Makes Life Worth Living?”