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All Things Shining Dreyfus, H. & S.D. Kelly Free Press; First Edition edition (January 4, 2011)

I recently finished reading this book, which was recommended to me by one of my professors. I think it fits in really well with the appeals by Harris and the other New Atheists to find meaning and significance in the human experience outside of religion. Dreyfus and Kelly analyze the work of several of the most influential philosophers on this subject, taking the reader on a journey from the polytheism of Homeric Greeks, to Medieval Christianity, to the modern age. They argue that discussing the evolution of thought in Western philosophy is essential to understanding how we view the search for meaning in our own era. They conclude that the decline of religion certainly does not condemn us to lives without meaning and that our everyday experiences and rituals can serve to combat our temptation for nihilism.

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