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The Quest for God and the GoodWorld Philosophy as a Living Experience$
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Diana Lobel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231153157

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231153157.001.0001

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The Quest for God and the Good

Diana Lobel

Columbia University Press

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.

Keywords:   spiritual life, divinity, good life, meaning of life, purpose of life, God, happiness, fulfillment, philosophy, Pierre Hadot

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