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Philosophy in a Meaningless Life : A System of Nihilism, Consciousness and Reality (Hardcover) (James
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The question of the meaning of life is a philosophical issue of enduring interest.Philosophy in a Meaningless Life goes beyond traditional metaphysical problems and connects doing philosophy to the meaninglessness of life, presenting philosophical enquiry as a function of the meaning of life.
Illustrating the naturalness of the question of the meaning of life through the Epic of Gilgamesh, James Tartaglia looks at the various ways philosophers have tried to avoid the conclusion that life is meaningless. Through discussions of thinkers who believe nihilism renders life absurd, to those who try to avoid nihilism by substituting a humanistic conception of meaning, Tartaglia reveals a new position on the meaning of life. By drawing metaphilosophical conclusions from his position, Tartaglia subsequently applies this metaphilosophy to central areas of philosophy and provides original readings of consciousness, time and universals.