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Francis Bacon once wrote that the goal of philosophy is not wisdom but to transform the world. Philosophy is not just about our knowledge of truth. In the words of Karl Marx, “philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.”2 We have to understand, however, that in order to effect change, it is important that we know who we are, and what it is that we stand for. Without this conviction, life cannot have any meaning at all.

This work hopes to break new ground for a beginner in the study of philosophical thought. It therefore asks, what exactly is the role of philosophy? There is an urgent task of understanding what “being” means. There is this itch of knowing exactly what the truth is all about. The point is not only to make this world humane; we have to make it fully human.

Soren Kierkegaard changed the very course of philosophy. For him, truth is not the ideal. Truth belongs to the individual. Truth is the individual. As a critic to Hegel, Kierkegaard sought to ground the meaning of truth on the meaning of human existence. Above all, man exists. Truth belongs to man. Existentialism tells us that the reality is the individual and not the abstract world of Hegel. This idea is important because it served as the impetus for the revolution in contemporary thought. Philosophy reveals an important point. The world is really about man, about his life, about his experience, about his very existence.

Thus, we hope that the questions, which really matter are given their fullest expression here. What is the truth of life? What is the truth of human existence? Precisely, what is truth? Where is man? Who is the human? What does it mean to be? What does it mean to live? Life is not only some biological phenomena. Life is a “felt subjectivity.” For instance, hunger is painful and starvation is some form of existential suffering. These are realities that make us question what it means to live, and how come others cannot let people live.

Chris John-Terry writes, “we have been taught that to do philosophy is always about to think what is whole. The attainment of truth cannot be the goal of philosophy because the possession of truth seems to herald the end of the mind’s activity. The search for truth, not the possession of it, is the true aim of philosophy.” But what really is the meaning of this idea? It means that philosophy is a search for meaning. One has to see for himself where meaning really is. A young man can, for instance, go into the street at night and find children who are homeless, uncared for—unloved. Then, he goes back into himself and asks what does life precisely mean. And what ultimately is the value of life? While existentialism is about making choices, man can always choose to be ethical, to be one with the other who suffers, but more often than not, he refuses to.

This Revised Edition intends to enhance the fundamental taskof this book, which is for us to fully understand what it means to be human. The author has included here the philosophy of Gabriel Marcel, Soren Kierkgaard, among others. The author felt that Marcel cannot be left out, and the elaboration on the mystery of being and the meaning of presence hopes to fill in that void. All chaptershave been improved, especially the discussions on Rawls, Levinas, Ricoeur, Wittgenstein, and Sartre. In addition, there are guide questions for reflection at the end of each chapter to help the students in the course of their study.

Author(s)Christopher Ryan Maboloc
Page count160
Dimension5.75 x 8.75
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