Diana Lobel takes readers on a journey across Eastern and
Western philosophical and religious traditions to discover a beauty
and purpose at the heart of reality that makes life worth living.
Guided by the ideas of ancient thinkers and the insight of the
philosophical historian Pierre Hadot, The Quest for God and the
Good treats philosophy not as an abstract, theoretical
discipline, but as a living experience.
For centuries, human beings have struggled to know why we are
here, whether a higher being or dimension exists, and whether our
existence is fundamentally good. Above all, we want to know whether
the search for God and the good will bring happiness. Following in
the path of the ancient philosophers, Lobel directly connects
conceptions of God or an Absolute with notions of the good,
illuminating diverse classical texts and thinkers. She explores the
Bible and the work of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Maimonides,
al-Farabi, and al-Ghazali. She reads the Tao Te Ching,
I Ching, Bhagavad Gita, and Upanishads,
as well as the texts of Theravada, Mahayana, and Zen Buddhism, and
traces the repercussions of these works in the modern thought of
Alfred North Whitehead, Iris Murdoch, Alasdair MacIntyre, and
While each of these texts and thinkers sets forth a distinct and
unique vision, all maintain that human beings find fulfillment in
their contact with beauty and purpose. Rather than arriving at one
universal definition of God or the good, Lobel demonstrates the
aesthetic value of multiple visions presented by many thinkers
across cultures. The Quest for God and the Good sets forth
a path of investigation and discovery culminating in intellectual
and spiritual communion.
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy
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