This book explores the insights of central thinkers and texts from throughout the world that address fundamental existential questions such as “Why is spiritual life so often described using metaphors of quest and journey?” and “Why is there an orderly cosmos?” Specifically, it examines the connections between concepts of divinity or an absolute and the good life. The search for the meaning and purpose of life is universal. We want to know why we are here, whether there is a transcendent being or dimension in the universe, and whether reality is fundamentally good. Above all, we want to know whether the search for God and the good will bring us happiness and fulfillment. The discipline of philosophy has traditionally addressed these fundamental questions. Pierre Hadot has shown that for ancient thinkers, philosophy was not simply a theoretical discipline, but a way of life.
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