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In a series of essays that explore the notion of what brings significance to our existences, clarifying why we have this longing beyond the present moment and an insatiable dissatisfaction with where we are, scholar Frank Martela tackles the subject of finding meaning in life. With beautiful decorative elements and an engaging design, the book approaches its subject in a readily digestible form. It grapples with some of life's most pressing questions, like "Is happiness a worthy goal?" and "What is the foundation for meaning in a secular society?" and "Is life an existential void?" yet Martela answers these questions and more in a relaxed, conversational tone and with a wry sense of humor, placing some of life’s greatest philosophical concerns and quandaries into a modern-day context. Martela quickly and concisely gets to the heart of the matter: your place in the world and how to find meaning in life as countless thinkers and philosophers have done before, yet the emphasis here is on what we do with the life we have and how we can make it more meaningful. 

Part prescriptive and part armchair philosophy book, A Wonderful Life is accessible to everyone, from the well-read scholar to the apprentice, as well as anyone curious about how to extract the greatest meaning and sense of purpose from their existence. 

©2020 Frank Martela (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Janne Parri
  • 25-05-20

Great book about the meaning of life

Who hasn't wondered what is the meaning of this all. I've read several books about happiness and somehow I feel that this book gave the best answers this far. It all starts when you realize that humankind has been asking this question just for a few centuries.