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Hi everyone,

for those of you open to the possibility of a sane theistic-picture of reality -- where what really matters is respected and pursued -- may I gently suggest a new book of mine? (see below).  It has a slightly Indian flavor.

I wrote it in part to counter the narrow and excessively anthropocentric models pushed by most "western" religions. We philosophers must not cede the religious ideas/values public arena to narrow-minded voices.

I am hoping to spread the word about it, and perhaps make the world a better place.

Thanks for your indulgence!

Carlo Filice

The Purpose of Life: An Eastern Philosophical Vision (University Press of America, 2011)

  1. Purpose of Life

Book Description

0761855823 978-0761855828 June 21, 2011
Suppose that this world is not an accident, but an expression of a divine super-mind. What might motivate a divine super-mind to express itself? This book boldly contends that divine motives are guided by values that exist objectively. We exist to realize and enhance such values. This text defends a cosmic vision that has been prominent in the Indian subcontinent for thousands of years-a vision often embraced within the New Age movement. However, its defense here is strictly philosophical. Filice argues that even as characters in an imaginative divine game we still carry independent value, that a world governed by such values should be a fair world, and that earthly moral goals cannot be our only ambition. The Purpose of Life maintains that any divine being(s) involved must be in perpetual process, that humans must not be the only embodied subjects that matter, and that each of us is destined to live many lives. Easy-to-read, the book's 73 mini-chapters are specifically tailored to fit the stop-and-go rhythm of daily life.

Review

Filice's sweeping saga begins by assuming that the world bears inherent meaning and then works backwards to see what could make that possible. His approach is brilliant and innovative. Anyone interested in the topic of the meaning of life has strong reason to pay great attention to this account. . . . Believers in inherent cosmic meaning will relish the author's bold vision. Filice shoots the arrow of his longing heavenward and readers reap the rewards. (Raymond Angelo Belliotti )

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