Constructing a life philosophy : opposing viewpoints /
by Williams, Mary E.Material type: BookSeries: Opposing viewpoints series (Unnumbered): Publisher: Detroit : Greenhaven Press, c2005Description: 239 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0737729279 (lib. : alk. paper) :; 0737729287 (pbk. : alk. paper).Title notes: $31.95 7-2005 (db)Subject(s): Life
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:
First introduced 35 years ago, the Opposing Viewpoints series has developed and set the standard for current-issue studies. With more than 90 volumes covering nearly every controversial contemporary topic, Opposing Viewpoints is the leading source for libraries and classrooms in need of current-issue materials. Each title explores a specific issue by placing expert opinions in a unique pro/con format. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ch. 1. The importance of choosing a life philosophy. 1. Choosing a map for life / M. Scott Peck -- 2. Living with shadows in a cave / Plato -- 3. Discovering our personal myth / Sam Keen -- 4. Challenging the idea of a life plan / Charles Larmore -- ch. 2. What reveals life's ultimate meaning? 1. Ultimate meaning does not exist / Richard Robinson -- 2. Religion pursues life's meaning / George E. Saint-Laurent -- 3. Science can uncover life's meaning / Wayne Anderson -- 4. Both religion and science can reveal life's meaning / Sharon Begley -- ch. 3. How do religions give life meaning? 1. Judaism is a life of communing with God / Louis Finkelstein -- 2. Liberal Christianity combines reason with faith / Donald E. Miller -- 3. Conservative Christianity is a Biblical relationship with God / Bob George -- 4. Islam entails a submission to God's will / Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad -- 5. Hinduism teaches that all ways lead to God / Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan -- 6. Buddhism seeks enlightenment and ultimate reality / Gill Farrer-Halls -- 7. Ecofeminism reclaims the Great Mother Goddess / Riane Eisler -- 8. Interspirituality embraces the heart of all religions / Wayne Teasdale -- ch. 4. What motivates moral behavior? 1. Morality requires religious belief / Philip Yancey -- 2. Morality does not require religious belief / Frank R. Zindler -- 3. Secular humanism encourages moral awareness / Paul Kurtz -- 4. Secular humanism is harmful / John Gray -- 5. Altruism promotes moral behavior / Alfie Kohn -- 6. Self-interest promotes moral behavior / Tibor R. Machan -- ch. 5. What principles should guide our lives? 1. Look out for number one / Robert Ringer -- 2. Live for others as Jesus did / Ole Hallesby -- 3. Develop a devious mind / Niccolò Machiavelli -- 4. Develop an honest heart / Thomas Jefferson -- 5. Aim for personal perfection / Benjamin Franklin -- 6. Abandon any hope of fruition / Pema Chödrön.
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Table of contents provided by Syndetics
- Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? (p. 9)
- Introduction (p. 12)
- Chapter 1 The Importance of Choosing a Life Philosophy
- Chapter Preface (p. 16)
- 1 Choosing a Map for Life (p. 18)
- 2 Living with Shadows in a Cave (p. 27)
- 3 Discovering Our Personal Myth (p. 32)
- 4 Challenging the Idea of a Life Plan (p. 38)
- Chapter 2 What Reveals Life's Ultimate Meaning?
- Chapter Preface (p. 45)
- 1 Ultimate Meaning Does Not Exist (p. 47)
- 2 Religion Pursues Life's Meaning (p. 51)
- 3 Science Can Uncover Life's Meaning (p. 59)
- 4 Both Religion and Science Can Reveal Life's Meaning (p. 66)
- Chapter 3 How Do Religions Give Life Meaning?
- Chapter Preface (p. 78)
- 1 Judaism Is a Life of Communing with God (p. 80)
- 2 Liberal Christianity Combines Reason with Faith (p. 89)
- 3 Conservative Christianity Is a Biblical Relationship with God (p. 98)
- 4 Islam Entails a Submission to God's Will (p. 104)
- 5 Hinduism Teaches That All Ways Lead to God (p. 110)
- 6 Buddhism Seeks Enlightenment and Ultimate Reality (p. 116)
- 7 Ecofeminism Reclaims the Great Mother Goddess (p. 123)
- 8 Interspirituality Embraces the Heart of All Religions (p. 130)
- Chapter 4 What Motivates Moral Behavior?
- Chapter Preface (p. 140)
- 1 Morality Requires Religious Belief (p. 142)
- 2 Morality Does Not Require Religious Belief (p. 153)
- 3 Secular Humanism Encourages Moral Awareness (p. 162)
- 4 Secular Humanism Is Harmful (p. 170)
- 5 Altruism Promotes Moral Behavior (p. 177)
- 6 Self-Interest Promotes Moral Behavior (p. 184)
- Chapter 5 What Principles Should Guide Our Lives?
- Chapter Preface (p. 189)
- 1 Look Out for Number One (p. 191)
- 2 Live for Others as Jesus Did (p. 197)
- 3 Develop a Devious Mind (p. 203)
- 4 Develop an Honest Heart (p. 208)
- 5 Aim for Personal Perfection (p. 212)
- 6 Abandon Any Hope of Fruition (p. 220)
- For Further Discussion (p. 227)
- Bibliography (p. 230)