Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Lane, Bob. "Review of Dennis Ford's THE SEARCH FOR MEANING." METAPSYCHOLOGY ONLINE REVIEWS 12.1 (2008).
Ford, Dennis. The Search for Meaning: a Short History. Berkeley: U of California P, 2007. Dennis Ford in The Search for Meaning: a Short History wants to investigate the meaning of life question by looking at several different "world views" in an attempt to . . . to what? To survey ways that people have employed to find a transcendent and meaningful answer to the big question? To evaluate these ways? To advocate for The Way? His book begins, "Does life have meaning?" and "How could we go on living if we were to admit that life is utterly meaningless?" (The brilliant opening of Camus's The Myth of Sisyphus, "There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and this is suicide" resonates in the background.) Ford goes on to suggest that when we take that question seriously, when it hits us with its full existential force, we are driven to find an answer in order to ward off suicidal anxiety and angst. His book then offers us a history of attempts at answers to this overriding question of meaning. These answers include myth, philosophy, science, postmodernism, pragmatism, archetypal psychology, metaphysics, and naturalism. His book, he tells us, is a search for meaning and not a search for God. Ford devotes a chapter to each of these "world views" in order to show the various answers offered to the deep "meaning of life" questions. . . . Read the rest here: http://metapsychology.mentalhelp.net/poc/view_doc.php?type=book&id=4000.