Progress and the Quest for MeaningProgress and the Quest for Meaning

able history of the idea , to call progress a strictly modern faith.4 Modern economics and technology seem to promise the ... I shall argue in the conclusion of this study that the meaningfulness of progress can only be preserved by ...

Author: John Andrew Bernstein

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 0838635032


Page: 226

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There has been a surprising absence of a general philosophical overview of progress as a method of articulating human meaning. This book attempts to fill this gap.

Jesus and the Quest for MeaningJesus and the Quest for Meaning

particular meanings in harmony with truth , love , justice , and beauty . ... The modern age emerged out of the eighteenth century with a widespread hope for progress based on reason , science , and technology .

Author: Thomas H. West

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 1451419074


Page: 296

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A new approach to introducing theology As God's self-communication to humans, Jesus is the key to the human search for meaning, argues Thomas West. He therefore introduces the practice of theology through Christology. From the question of personal meaning and self-constitution and their relationship to transcendent meaning and value, he proceeds to discuss the figure and import of Jesus and then the ethical imperative engendered through encounter with him. Fresh and clear, West's book is an invitation to grapple with one's religious commitments, especially in light of recent insights in biblical studies and Continental, feminist, and liberation theologies. This new text will prove an engaging and effective introduction to theological thinking for both undergraduates and Christian adults.

The Encyclopedia of ChristianityThe Encyclopedia of Christianity

Finally , as belief in progress , it can serve as an alternative view of life and the world modeled on Christian ... Progress and Its Discontents ( Berkeley , Calif . , 1982 ) • J. A. Bernstein , Progress and the Quest for Meaning : A ...

Author: Jan Lochman

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9004145958


Page: 952

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Containing more than 300 articles, covering the alphabetical entries P-Sh, this book also includes articles on significant topics ranging from Paul, political theology and the Qur'an, to religious liberty, salvation history and scholasticism.

Death and the Quest for MeaningDeath and the Quest for Meaning

Decaying religious faith , waning belief in progress , changed perceptions of human existence after Darwin , Freud , and Einstein , and the trauma of the Great War ... It reversed the idea of Progress 112 DEATH AND THE QUEST FOR MEANING.

Author: Stephen Strack

Publisher: Jason Aronson

ISBN: UOM:39015040699939


Page: 408

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Essays in tribute to pioneering researcher Herman Feifel cover all aspects of thanatology, the study of death and dying and the care of the dying and bereaved. Topics include the role of the caregiver, the process of grief, religious and spiritual perspectives, how children cope with death, and assisted death. Of interest to social workers, nurses, psychotherapists, physicians, clergy, and educators. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Life and Thought of Lev KarsavinThe Life and Thought of Lev Karsavin

... one comment is perhaps allowable: Karsavin is essentially prioritizing humanity's quest for meaning, i.e., ... the impression of dismissing all material and technological progress as utterly irrelevant to the quest for meaning.

Author: Dominic Rubin

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789401209144


Page: 479

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“At last, Russia has begun to speak in a truly original voice.” So said Anatoly Vaneev, a Soviet dissident who became Karsavin’s disciple in the Siberian gulag where the philosopher spent his last two years. The book traces the unusual trajectory of this inspiring voice: Karsavin started his career as Russia’s brightest historian of Catholic mysticism; however, his radical methods – which were far ahead of their time – shocked his conservative colleagues. The shock continued when Karsavin turned to philosophy, writing flamboyant and dense essays in a polyphonic style, which both Marxists and religious traditionalists found provocative. There was no let-up after he was expelled by Lenin from Soviet Russia: in exile, he became a leading theorist in the Eurasian political movement, combining Orthodox theology with a left-wing political orientation. Finally, Karsavin found stability when he was invited to teach history in Lithuania: there he spent twenty years reworking his philosophy, before suffering the German and Soviet invasions of his new homeland, and then deportation and death. Clearing away misunderstandings and putting the work and life in context, this book shows how Karsavin made an original contribution to European philosophy, inter-religious dialogue, Orthodox and Catholic theology, and the understanding of history.

The Future of the Study of ReligionThe Future of the Study of Religion

The German historian Lucian Hölscher argued that in modern culture the concept of the future has become twofold.57 Since modern culture is more than secular progress alone, the quest for meaning keeps a firm place in it in the form of ...

Author: Slavica Jakelic

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047404125


Page: 332

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This volume brings together divergent voices in religious and theological studies for a conversation about the proper objects, methods, and goals for the study of religion in the twenty-first century.

The Grandeur and Twilight of Radical UniversalismThe Grandeur and Twilight of Radical Universalism

Obviously . the pure quest for meaning cannot be conceived in terms of the category of progress . Thinking cannot be conceived of as progressive even within the life span of a single individual . If we withdraw into our inwardness in ...

Author: Ágnes Heller

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1412824788


Page: 579

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This volume provides theoretical construction to the extraordinary events that resulted in the collapse of communism worldwide. The authors attribute a great deal of the problems of totalitarianism to its blind acceptance of a Marxist philosophy of practice. With the failure of communist practice, the collapse of the Marxist paradigm was quick to follow. At its roots, this volume is a critique of the idea that we can have "scientific knowledge" of the social and political future.

The Handbook of Humanistic PsychologyThe Handbook of Humanistic Psychology

Specific domains of such meaning are legion — the meaning of intimacy , trust , community , work , progress , life , and so on . The quest for meaning is , hence , a quest for relationship . It is an ongoing engagement with the ...

Author: Kirk J. Schneider

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 0761927824


Page: 760

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The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology promises to be a landmark in the resurgent field of humanistic psychology and psychotherapy. Their range of topics is far-reaching--from the historical, theoretical, and methodological, to the spiritual, psychotherapeutic, and multicultural. Students and professionals are looking for the fuller, deeper, and more personal psychological orientation that this Handbook promotes.

The Rise of Hindu AuthoritarianismThe Rise of Hindu Authoritarianism

The quest for meaning is akin to the search for a truth or essence behind appearances. Each of the paradigms – of tradition and religion, of modernity, and of postmodernity – has a distinctive relationship to the notions of progress and ...

Author: Achin Vanaik

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 9781786630735


Page: 432

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The definitive analysis of Hindu nationalism in contemporary India and the challenges for the radical Left With the Hindu nationalist BJP now replacing the Congress as the only national political force, the communalization of the Indian polity has qualitatively advanced since the earlier edition of this book in 1997. This edition has been substantially reworked and updated with several new chapters added. Hindutva’s rise necessitates a more critical take on mainstream secular claims, ironically reinforced by liberal–left sections discovering special virtues in India’s ‘distinctive’ secularism. The careful evaluation of the ongoing debate on ‘Indian fascism’ has resonances for the broader debate about how best to assess the dangers of the far right’s rise in other liberal democracies. A study follows of how Hindutva forces are pursuing their project of establishing a Hindu Rashtra and how to thwart them through a wider transformative struggle targeting capitalism itself.

The QuestThe Quest

" "Each of these essays contains insights which will be fruitful and challenging for professional students of religion, but at the same time they all retain the kind of cultural relevance and clarity of style which makes them accessible to ...

Author: Mircea Eliade

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226203867


Page: 180

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In The Quest Mircea Eliade stresses the cultural function that a study of the history of religions can play in a secularized society. He writes for the intelligent general reader in the hope that what he calls a new humanism "will be engendered by a confrontation of modern Western man with unknown or less familiar worlds of meaning." "Each of these essays contains insights which will be fruitful and challenging for professional students of religion, but at the same time they all retain the kind of cultural relevance and clarity of style which makes them accessible to anyone seriously concerned with man and his religious possibilities."—Joseph M. Kitagawa, Religious Education

The True Countenance of ManThe True Countenance of Man

The quest for meaning and its true spirit no longer plays a significant role within the public debate, and it is dismissed as ... Holding sway in its place is a belief in technical progress, permanently distracting us from the pursuit ...

Author: Markus Hänsel-Hohenhausen

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110320220


Page: 217

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The forms in which we live and research in the sciences possess a unity. This unity is also visible in the duality of the possibility of knowledge, and thus in religion and science. The basic theme of this work is the mutual need of reason and faith, and their coordination. The basis of the author's proof rests on the current state of research in mathematics, biology, and physics. In spite of the holistic thesis, the argument remains strictly analytic and logical in its progression. It produces provocative conclusions: the coordination of the two great sources of knowledge, on the one hand scie.

The Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed CatholicityThe Mercersburg Theology and the Quest for Reformed Catholicity

... the means by which the Church “is made to possess a real existence” and which gives “meaning” and “value” to ... However, for Hodge, this change never really attains to the level of “historical progress”: the visible church can as ...

Author: W. Bradford Littlejohn

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781606082416


Page: 214

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In the mid nineteenth century, Reformed churchmen John Nevin and Philip Schaff launched a fierce attack on the reigning subjectivist and rationalist Protestantism of their day, giving birth to what is known as the "Mercersburg Theology." Their attempt to recover a high doctrine of the sacraments and the visible Church, among other things, led them into bitter controversy with Charles Hodge of Princeton Seminary, as well as several other prominent contemporaries. This book examines the contours of the disagreement between Mercersburg and Hodge, focusing on four loci in particular-Christology, ecclesiology, sacramentology, and church history. W. Bradford Littlejohn argues that, despite certain weaknesses in their theological method, the Mercersburg men offered a more robust and historically grounded paradigm for the Reformed faith than did Hodge. In the second part of the book, Littlejohn explores the value of the Mercersburg Theology as a bridgehead for ecumenical dialogue, uncovering parallels between Nevin's thought and prominent themes in Anglican, Catholic, and Orthodox theology, as well as recent debates within Reformed theology. This thorough study of one of the most creative movements in American theology offers an alluring vision of the quest for Reformed catholicity that is more relevant today than ever.

Great Powers and the Quest for HegemonyGreat Powers and the Quest for Hegemony

... Western scholars to downplay the success and effectiveness of Asian cultures and polities.9 Assessing progress The standard view, ... or, looked at differently, the latter were only given meaning and purpose by this greater mission.

Author: Jeremy Black

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134157051


Page: 288

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This timely book provides a general overview of Great Power politics and world order from 1500 to the present. Jeremy Black provides several historical case-studies, each of which throws light on both the power in question and the international system of the period, and how it had developed from the preceding period. The point of departure for this book is Paul Kennedy’s 1988 masterpiece, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers. That iconic book, with its enviable mastery of the sources and its skilful integration of political, military and economic history, was a great success when it appeared and has justifiably remained important since. Written during the Cold War, however, Kennedy’s study was very much of its time in its consideration of the great powers in ‘Western’ terms, and its emphasis on economics. This book brings together strategic studies, international relations, military history and geopolitics to answer some of the contemporary questions left open by Professor Kennedy's great work, and also looks to the future of great power relations and of US hegemony. Great Powers and the Quest for Hegemony will be of great interest to students of international relations, strategic studies and international history.

The Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good LifeThe Happiness Riddle and the Quest for a Good Life

... economics has drawn on mathematics to model factors linked to wellbeing as a way of assessing social progress. ... that their happiness was framed by subtle variations of interpretation and meaning that arose from their biographies, ...

Author: Mark Cieslik

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137318824


Page: 235

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This book examines the meaning of happiness in Britain today, and observes that although we face challenges such as austerity, climate change and disenchantment with politics, we continue to be interested in happiness and living well. The author illustrates how happiness is a far more contested, social process than is often portrayed by economists and psychologists, and takes issue with sociologists who often regard wellbeing and the happiness industry with suspicion, whilst neglecting one of the key features of being human – the quest for a good life. Exploring themes that question what it means to be happy and live a good life in Britain today, such as the challenges young people face making their way through education and into their first jobs; work life-balance; mid-life crises; and old age, the book presents nineteen life stories that call for a far more critical and ambitious approach to happiness research that marries the radicalism of sociology, with recent advances in psychology and economics. This book will appeal to students and academics interested in wellbeing, happiness and quality of life and also those researching areas such as the life course, work-life balance, biographies, aging and youth studies.

Malthus Medicine MoralityMalthus Medicine Morality

How does this diverse ascription of meaning answer the quest for meaning , the existential human problem ? ... “ The progress of medical science and of technology does not end human mortality and fallibility .

Author: Brian Dolan

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042008415


Page: 232

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Thomas Robert Malthus's reputation has lately been rehabilitated in the fields of social biology, demography, environmentalism, and economics. In the midst of this current interest and with the chance to mark the occasion of the bicentenary of the first edition of the Essay on Population(1798), the contributors to this volume take this timely opportunity to examine the historical conditions in which Malthus constructed his theory, and in which the concept of a 'Malthusian' and 'Neo-Malthusian' philosophy first emerged. The essays redress the balance between Malthus's original argument, the immediate responses to Malthus by medics and theologians in Britain and on the Continent, and some of the ways that his ideas were later attacked, appropriated, or misrepresented. Included here are essays that not only re-evaluate the development of Malthus's theory, but also offer critical perspectives on the generation of the 'Malthusian league' and debates about birth control in Britain and on the Continent, and Malthus's influence on the emergence of social science and Darwinian evolutionary biology.

Prismatic ThoughtPrismatic Thought

For this reason , Adorno clings to the idea of aesthetic progress , the idea of development – sometimes even linear development . ... Hence , the quest for meaning is a quest for the solution of the artwork's enigma .


Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803273053


Page: 287

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Prismatic Thought is a brilliant tour of Adorno's work, with special emphasis on his aesthetic writings. Peter Uwe Hohendahl opens with a pair of chapters that consider Adorno's years of exile in the united States during the Second World War and his return in the early 1950s to a West Germany harrowed by its recent Nazi past and responsibility for the Holocaust. Hohendahl then examines Adorno's writings on literature, language, poetry, philosophy, and mass culture in relation to modern history.


certain genres of content and gameplay more closely fit the criteria of quests than others. ... arts action games like Ninja Gaiden, tend to use the word “mission” to refer to tasks that must be accomplished to make the game progress.

Author: Jeff Howard

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 9781439880814


Page: 230

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This unique take on quests, incorporating literary and digital theory, provides an excellent resource for game developers. Focused on both the theory and practice of the four main aspects of quests (spaces, objects, actors, and challenges) each theoretical section is followed by a practical section that contains exercises using the Neverwinter Nigh

The Happiness of PursuitThe Happiness of Pursuit

A remarkable guide to the quests that give our lives meaning—and how to find your own—from the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and 100 Side Hustles “If you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book.

Author: Chris Guillebeau

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 9780385348850


Page: 304

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A remarkable guide to the quests that give our lives meaning—and how to find your own—from the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup and 100 Side Hustles “If you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book. It’s dangerously inspiring.”—A. J. Jacobs, author of The Know-It-All When he set out to visit all of the planet’s countries by age thirty-five, compulsive goal-seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his journey’s biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist—each pursuing a challenging quest. These quests are as diverse as humanity itself, involving exploration, the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence, or battling against injustice and poverty. Everywhere that Chris visited he found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dreams. These “questers” included a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world’s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish—and scores of others writing themselves into the record books. The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness, and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon. In The Happiness of Pursuit, he draws on interviews with hundreds of questers, revealing their secret motivations, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation. Equally fascinating is Chris’s examination of questing’s other side. What happens after the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the at-risk community saved? A book that challenges each of us to take control—to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment—The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. It’s a playbook for making your life count. “The Happiness of Pursuit is smart, honest, and dangerous. Why dangerous? Because it is as practical as it is inspiring. You won’t just be daydreaming about your quest—you’ll be packing for it!”—Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, author of Daring Greatly