Ultimate Questions by Bryan Magee

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Read Ultimate Questions Online Free - We human beings had no say in existing--we just opened our eyes and found ourselves here. We have a fundamental need to understand who we are and the world we live in. Reason takes us a long way, but mystery remains. When our minds and senses are baffled, faith can seem justified--but faith is not knowledge. In "Ultimate Questions," acclaimed philosopher Bryan Magee provocatively argues that we have no way of fathoming our own natures or finding definitive answers to the big questions we all face.

With eloquence and grace, Magee urges us to be the mapmakers of what is intelligible, and to identify the boundaries of meaningfulness. He traces this tradition of thought to his chief philosophical mentors--Locke, Hume, Kant, and Schopenhauer--and shows why this approach to the enigma of existence can enrich our lives and transform our understanding of the human predicament. As Magee puts it, "There is a world of difference between being lost in the daylight and being lost in the dark."

The crowning achievement to a distinguished philosophical career, "Ultimate Questions" is a deeply personal meditation on the meaning of life and the ways we should live and face death.

Title : Ultimate Questions
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ISBN : 0691170657
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 144 pages


Northpapers rated it ★★★☆☆

March 14, 2016

Do the English have some special reason to hate religion? Has it been worse to them than it is to other peoples? Are they smarter than us? Is it the weather over there? Gerardo, a high schooler with whom I work, bought a bunch of philosophical books at Barnes & Noble recently, and Bryan Magee'...

Andrea rated it ★★★★☆

February 19, 2016

I received a copy of Ultimate Questions from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. At some point in our lives, we all have the same questions pop into our minds: why are we here? Who are we? What happens when we die? Is there more than what meets the eye? For some of us, we'll make progress...

Nelson rated it ★★★★★

June 24, 2016

As soon as I had finished this book I turned back and read it a second time. Although I love to re-read books after a gap in time, before this I cannot remember ever doing so immediately. It was for sheer pleasure: Ultimate Questions didn’t challenge me or make me inquire further, it simply expre...

Rhys rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2016

The first portion of the book left me a little cold at first, and when I reached the chapter titled "Personal Reflections" I moaned out loud. But actually this made the book more compelling. I think reading this as a personal reflection rather than a book of philosophy made me more responsive to...

Jim rated it ★★★☆☆

August 03, 2017

Last year when I read Noam Chomsky's What Kind of Creatures Are We?, I was most intrigued by his take on "mysterianism" – what we don't know about what we don't know. Bryan Magee has written another spirited meditation by a man in his late 80s approaching the same conundrum.We need to understand...

Stone rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2018

I am surprised by how this book hit me as such a satisfying philosophical read, when all it does is to avoid giving any definite solutions or answers. And funny enough I bought this book in search for one. More questions in my head now than before I read it, yes, but not in a bad way. If anything...

Muath rated it ★★★★☆

January 29, 2018

It's if Descartes read Kant. I used to be like him, highly observant and highly objective, I even during last year and the year before, wrote and discussed many ideas that he mentioned (blind person comparison; us and flow of time; being an active being in a materialistic world; and so on). I chan...

Ray rated it ★★★★★

February 11, 2018

An extended meditation on the limits of our knowledge. Magee explains in clear language the types of things that as humans we cannot possibly know and what that means for the way we live our lives. Read twice in a row (it's short and engaging enough to do that) and will probably return to it for...

Paul rated it ★★★★☆

December 14, 2017

I think a good introduction to the work of philosophical reflection as it applies to one person's assessment of his life and the important questions he felt were important to ask and try to answer.

Anton rated it ★★★★★

December 26, 2017

just the best!

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