Graduate studies at Western
University of Chicago Press (2002)
|Abstract||What happens when the meaning of life based on a divine revelation no longer makes sense? Does the quest for transcendence end in the pursuit of material success and self-absorption? Luc Ferry argues that modernity and the emergence of secular humanism in Europe since the eighteenth century have not killed the search for meaning and the sacred, or even the idea of God, but rather have transformed both through a dual process: the humanization of the divine and the divinization of the human. Ferry sees evidence for the first of these in the Catholic Church's attempts to counter the growing rejection of dogmatism and to translate the religious tradition into contemporary language. The second he traces to the birth of modern love and humanitarianism, both of which demand a concern for others and even self-sacrifice in defense of values that transcend life itself. Ferry concludes with a powerful statement in favor of what he calls "transcendental humanism"--a concept that for the first time in human history gives us access to a genuine spirituality rooted in human beings instead of the divine.|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Buy the book||$35.99 new (6% off) $36.07 used (6% off) $36.10 direct from Amazon (5% off) Amazon page|
|Call number||BD435.F4713 2002|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Julian Baggini (2005). What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life. Oxford University Press.
Milton Karl Munitz (1993). Does Life Have a Meaning? Prometheus Books.
E. S. Ames (1934). Book Review:God or Man? A Study of the Value of God to Man. James H. Leuba; The Universe and Life. H. S. Jennings; Immortality and the Cosmic Process. Shailer Mathews; The Challenge of Humanism. Louis J. A. Mercier. [REVIEW] Ethics 44 (3):369-.
Jim Herrick (2003/2005). Humanism: An Introduction. Prometheus Books.
Martin Kavka (2012). WHAT IS IMMANENT IN JUDAISM? Transcending A Secular Age. [REVIEW] Journal of Religious Ethics 40 (1):123-137.
Carlo Cellucci, Knowledge and the Meaning of Human Life. naturalism.org.
Thaddeus Metz (2007). God's Purpose as Irrelevant to Life's Meaning: Reply to Affolter. Religious Studies 43 (4):457-464.
Ovidiu-Sorin Podar (2009). La Vie En Tant Que Vie. Studia Phaenomenologica 9:315-330.
Nikolaĭ Berdi͡aev (2009/1962). The Meaning of History. Semantron Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads50 ( #25,083 of 739,304 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,243 of 739,304 )
How can I increase my downloads?