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This Strange Eventful History: A Philosophy of Meaning
  • Paul Bradley
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This Strange Eventful History: A Philosophy of Meaning.
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Meaning may appear elusive in our present divided world but a sense of meaning is essential for peace of mind. This book sets out to survey our options concisely, drawing on philosophy, religion, science and art.

Each chapter draws on the words of two (or more) prominent inter-related thinkers to help us form an opinion, often provocatively, with no holds barred! It steers a path towards an attitude of Cosmic Compassionate Plurality.

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PAUL BRADLEY MD, FDS, FRCS, earned a Certificate in Religion and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Bradley has been a professor in the Universities of Edinburgh, London and currently teaches at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

His writing experience includes editing a 2-volume book on Cryosurgery and authoring a novel plus 14 chapters in textbooks. His hobby is the study of world religions and philosophies, both theistic and non theistic. Much of his research material is obtained during academic visits; he has been an invited lecturer to over 30 countries.

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"There is no better way to understand the most important questions that humans have about their existence and spirituality than to know the thoughts of some of mankind’s greatest minds. Dr. Bradley has...
"There is no better way to understand the most important questions that humans have about their existence and spirituality than to know the thoughts of some of mankind’s greatest minds. Dr. Bradley has done this to perfection." - David Comings.

All of us must seek at a personal and a general level for a philosophy of meaning in life, “this strange eventful history,” to borrow a descriptive phrase for our existence from Shakespeare. A sense of meaning is essential for peace of mind, yet meaning may appear elusive in our present-day divided world.

This book sets out to survey our options concisely, drawing on philosophy, religion, science and art, across the gamut from classical philosophers to atheists, mystics, sensualists, agnostics, primatologists, neuroscientists, Unifaith believers, Interfaith, Multifaith and lastly Transfaith, to seek a religious attitude freed from myth and magic. A new concept of intelligent design is examined, linked with Panspermia, independent of the concept of anthropomorphic creation.

Each chapter draws on the opinions of two (or more) prominent inter-related thinkers, including Sartre, Foucault, and Frankl, Freud and Richard Dawkins, Carl Jung and Mircea Eliade, the Greeks and the Buddha, Van Gogh and Gauguin, and many others, to help us form an opinion, often provocatively, with no holds barred! The stimulating inter-relationship between these stars steers us on a path towards a viewpoint of Cosmic Compassionate Plurality.

The Existentialist philosophers cautioned that life is essentially meaningless — but they allowed that we may choose ourselves. Certainly, our choices are many and various in this current era. Often, however, we bemoan the lack of time to read and research those possibilities. This book sets out to provide the needed background material.


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Pages 196
Year: 2011
LC Classification: B105.M4B69 2011
Dewey code: 128--dc23
BISAC: PHI000000 PHILOSOPHY / General
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