Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
The Deepest Human Life: An Introduction to Philosophy for Everyone Paperback – April 3, 2014
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
Frequently bought together
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The title cites Samuelson's philosophical hero, William James (brother to novelist Henry), who held that "the deepest human life is everywhere, is eternal."
Through compelling anecdotes from his community college classroom, Samuelson helps us come to appreciate what James meant throughout this readable, movingly insightful book.
Here's the full quotation from James:
"And there I rested on that day, with a sense of widening of vision, and with what it is surely fair to call an increase of religious insight into life. In God's eyes, the differences of social position, of intellect, of culture, of cleanliness, of dress, which different men exhibit, and all the other rarities and exceptions on which they so fantastically pin their pride, must be so small as, practically, quite to vanish; and all that should remain is the common fact that here we are, a countless multitude of vessels of life, each of us pent in to peculiar difficulties, with which we must severally struggle by using whatever of fortitude and goodness we can summon up. The exercise of the courage, patience, and kindness, must be the significant portion of the whole business; and the distinctions of position can only be a manner of diversifying the phenomenal surface upon which these underground virtues may manifest their effects. At this rate, the deepest human life is everywhere, is eternal."
This book reminded me most of Walden, where Thoreau engages us in his own reflections on how to live a meaningful life so that he can wake us up to the potential within our own. Samuelson does the same. By writing a book that is a meaningful reflection on how philosophy has influenced his life, Samuelson invites us to try it for ourselves.
On the second to last day of my philosophy class this semester I wrote the title of this book on the board and told my students that if the course had meant anything to them, they should buy it and use it as a springboard to continue their philosophical educations. Also, it just might change their life.
Most recent customer reviews
Part 3 is called "Is Knowledge of God Possible?Read more
I love the way he uses real lives of people to answer the same paradoxes of the ancient philosophers
His book has really...Read more