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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (487 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hubert Dreyfus, Sean Dorrance Kelly Narrator: David Drummond Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The religious turn to their faith to find meaning. But what about the many people who lead secular lives and are also hungry for meaning? What guides, what approaches are available to them?

Distinguished philosophers, Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly explain that a secular life charged with meaning is indeed within reach. It is achieved by a passionate, skillful engagement with the people, events, and wonders present in the most ordinary days—an approach to meaning that modern Western culture seems to have abandoned.

Dreyfus and Kelly use some of the greatest works of the Western Canon to trace the way we lost this passionate engagement to our surroundings and to show us how to get it back. Taking us on a journey from the wonder and openness of Homer’s polytheistic world, to the monotheism of Dante, to the nihilism of Kant, to the pantheism of Melville, and finally to the spiritual difficulties of the world evoked by modern authors such as David Foster Wallace and Elizabeth Gilbert, All Things Shining will change the way we understand our culture, our history, our sacred practices, and ourselves, and offer a new—and very old—way to celebrate a secular existence.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aimee | 2/20/2014

    " If you have to use post-it flags to read a book, it better be for school, or some crazy punishment. Sigh. Too hard for August. bit.ly/PHgOU0 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Peter | 2/20/2014

    " Ever wondered why so many people in our modern western world look to other cultures to find meaning? Why does the west struggle with this? This is the book for you if you want to find meaning without yoga, jesus or buddha. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Richard Roberts | 2/14/2014

    " An enlightening book about recapturing the "sacred" in a western culture which moving decidedly away from it. I enjoyed the historical aspects, the writings of Homer, Dante, Melville and the analysis of their works as they relate to their times. I may have to go and read "Moby Dick" now. I'm not sure what to make of the authors conclusions regarding the subject matter. I would recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Eric Fought | 2/13/2014

    " An interesting philosophical perspective on today's search for meaning. "

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