Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World


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Oxford University Press, USA
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5.6 X 1.0 X 8.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Iddo Landau is Professor of Philosophy at Haifa University, Israel. He has published extensively on the meaning of life.


"Landau's wisdom shines through, offering sound advice for making one's life feel more meaningful and worthwhile." -- Gavin Vance, Department of Psychology, Oakland University, Evolutionary Psychological Science

" may very well be the best one on the market. It is accessible to a wide audience, including non-academics. As such, this book could be a good recommended read to persons struggling with finding meaning or work in their lives." -- Caitlin Maples, The Journal of Value Inquiry

"[This] book impressively achieves its main goal: Landau improves both academics' and non-academics' thinking about this important topic, and helps us making and considering our lives more meaningful... I hope that similar books will soon further exemplify contemporary analytic philosophy's great potential to inform cognitive therapy or self-help." -- The Philosophical Quarterly

"While most of the recent philosophical work on meaning in life is very theoretical, Landau's book is engaging, accessible, and pitched toward those who have genuine concerns about the value or worth of their lives ... This book would work very well in undergraduate courses dealing with meaning in life or well-being. That the book's working account of the meaningful life leaves room for further specification could function as a basis for productive and fun uses in the classroom ... On the whole, Iddo Landau's book is a wonderful contribution. It is a delightful read and should prove a helpful resource for teachers and for researchers who work on the meaning of life. And, perhaps most importantly, this book offers people hope and guidance for living a meaningful life in our all too imperfect world."--Stephen M. Campbell, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"This book is rare in being thoroughly versed in many philosophical discussions of the meaning of life, yet full of practical wisdom. Completely accessible to anyone who finds the question of meaning urgent, it sets a standard few discussions of the topic manage to reach." --Simon Blackburn, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Research Professor at UNC Chapel Hill, and Professor at the New College of the Humanities

"A deep exploration of the main questions and answers in the meaning of life literature. A pleasure to read." --Owen Flanagan, James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy at Duke University

"Written for the generally educated reader, but of interest to the professional philosopher, Iddo Landau's book is a guide to making life meaningful under less than ideal conditions. Landau is a careful, informed navigator, showing the reader how to reach a meaningful life despite obstacles such as suffering, death, evil, randomness, and a lack of free will. Making insightful philosophical points without jargon, referring to literature and the arts to illustrate, and also plumbing people's psychologies to identify mental blocks, Landau's book is practically wise and theoretically profound." --Thaddeus Metz, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Johannesburg