The Resource A meaning to life, Michael Ruse

A meaning to life, Michael Ruse

Label
A meaning to life
Title
A meaning to life
Statement of responsibility
Michael Ruse
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In an empty universe without God, governed by scientific principles, can human life have any deeper meaning? Where might secular people find comfort and meaning, if not in the answers traditionally provided by religion? Answers on this question range wildly - from a negative, nihilistic pessimism that argues that real meaning is impossible, to scientists like E.O. Wilson who find a thinner kind of meaning in the promise of scientific progress. Michael Ruse's short book argues that, contrary to both, finding meaning without God is possible, if we embrace our true nature. Drawing on his expertise on evolutionary theory, Ruse advances a view he calls "Darwinian existentialism." Darwinism is traditionally seen to place human life within a soulless, mechanistic universe. But far from a bleak existentialism, Ruse argues that Darwinism can actually provide a positive framework for meaning in life. Over the millennia, evolution has produced within us a very real biological "human nature" that has ingrained in us unique traits like the ability to reason, the need for the comfort of family and friends, the love of beauty, and others. Arguing against both the pessimists and the scientific optimists, Ruse argues that it is only by embracing our deepest human nature, formed by evolutionary processes, that we can find meaning in life. Written in a personal style, and tracing the efforts of many others on the same question, from Sartre to Richard Dawkins, Ruse's thoughtful and deeply informed short volume should appeal to a wide readership interested in the question of the meaning of life"--
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LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ruse, Michael
Dewey number
128
Index
index present
LC call number
BD450
LC item number
.R87 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Darwin, Charles
  • Philosophical anthropology
  • Meaning (Philosophy)
  • Human evolution
  • Existentialism
Target audience
adult
Label
A meaning to life, Michael Ruse
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The unraveling of belief -- Has religion really lost the answer? -- Darwinism as religion -- Darwinian existentialism
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xvii, 193 pages
Isbn
9780190933227
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2018031070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (DLC) 2018031070
  • (OCoLC)1050133950
  • 1954208
  • 1994482
  • 1994482
  • 2011507
  • 2011507
Label
A meaning to life, Michael Ruse
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The unraveling of belief -- Has religion really lost the answer? -- Darwinism as religion -- Darwinian existentialism
Dimensions
19 cm.
Extent
xvii, 193 pages
Isbn
9780190933227
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2018031070
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (DLC) 2018031070
  • (OCoLC)1050133950
  • 1954208
  • 1994482
  • 1994482
  • 2011507
  • 2011507

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