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The Quest for God and the Good: World Philosophy as a Living Experience

 
 
Author
Diana Lobel.
Publisher Columbia Univ. Press  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.65 inches
ISBN 9780231153157
Pages/Publication Date 292/2011
Daedalus Item Code 54821
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For centuries, human beings have struggled to know why we are here, whether a higher being or dimension exists, and whether our existence is fundamentally good. Religion scholar Diana Lobel—also the author of Between Mysticism and Philosophy and A Sufi-Jewish Dialogue—here takes readers on a journey across Eastern and Western philosophical and religious traditions to reveal a beauty and purpose at the heart of reality that makes life worth living. Guided by the ideas of ancient thinkers and the insight of the philosophical historian Pierre Hadot, Lobel treats philosophy not as an abstract, theoretical discipline, but rather as a living experience. Above all, we want to know whether the search for God and the good will bring happiness. Following in the path of the ancient philosophers, Lobel directly connects conceptions of God or an Absolute with notions of the good, illuminating diverse classical texts and thinkers. She explores the Bible and the work of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Maimonides, al-Farabi, and al-Ghazali. She reads the Tao Te Ching, I Ching, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads, as well as the texts of Theravada, Mahayana, and Zen Buddhism, and traces the repercussions of these works in the modern thought of Alfred North Whitehead, Iris Murdoch, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Charles Taylor.

"For those looking for an introduction to world philosophy, this is an excellent option.... Lobel is to be thanked for providing us with a wonderful book that both instructs and inspires our own philosophical and spiritual journeys."—National Catholic Reporter

 
 
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