Life, Death, and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions

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In Life, Death, and Meaning, David Benatar offers a distinctive collection of readings designed to introduce undergraduates and lay readers to the key existential questions of philosophy: Do our lives have meaning? Is death something to be feared? Would it be better to be immortal? Classic and contemporary essays consider such questions as the meaning of life, creating people, death, suicide, immortality, and optimism and pessimism. These key readings are supplemented with helpful introductions, study questions, and suggestions for further reading, making the material accessible and interesting for students. In short, the book provides a singular introduction to the way that philosophy has dealt with the big questions of life that we are all tempted to ask.

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David Benatar is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa

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This book is far and away the best collection of essays in print to address analytic existentialism. In addition to coherently organized, excellent papers that address unique issues, the editor has provided introductory summaries of the papers, study questions about them, and suggestions for further reading. (Philosophical Papers)

For laypersons, especially those struggling as undergraduates with annoying, seemingly irrelevant concepts made doubly obscure by crusty old philosophers, this collection of insightful, well-written essays will certainly be refreshing. (Metapsychology)

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