God and the Big Existential Questions
Title: God and the Big Existential Questions
Subject Classification: Philosophy, Religion and Faith, Science
BIC Classification: HP, HR, PD
BISAC Classification: PHI000000, REL051000, SCI101000
Binding: Hardback, pp.212
Publication date: 1st August 2023
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-278-7
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-279-4
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Existential questions are deep and profound, philosophical questions that concern our very existence, such as “How did we get here”? “What is the meaning and purpose of my life’? “Is there a God”? and “What happens to me when I die”? Humans have been asking these questions for as long as we have been able to think and reason, and each possible answer spawns a host of additional questions. Existential questions are perhaps ultimately unanswerable, but we must accept the challenge and try, and must entertain the possibility that they may be.
The author looks to science and philosophy for answers to such questions. Both modes of thought seek knowledge in their own manner, but philosophers must develop a greater tolerance for ambiguity than scientists because they ask many questions that are only partially amenable, or not at all, to empirical testing, and for which there are no universally agreed upon answers. Philosophy thus ventures into areas that science cannot or will not go.
Scientists and philosophers work with different goals and are judged by different standards, although they both share the tools of logic, conceptual analysis, and rigorous argumentation. Questions for which we can acquire definite answers though mathematics and experimentation are the realm of science; questions for which we have no definite answers are the grist for the philosopher’s mill. It is this intellectual uncertainty in which the value of philosophy resides because it engages a liberating doubt.
Author: Professor Anthony Walsh recently retired from Boise State University, USA, after teaching and researching there for 34 years. He holds lifetime awards from two national organizations for his research, and has published 51 books and over 150 articles/book chapters. This is his second book with Ethics International Press.
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