ISBN 9781846043062,Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning

Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning


Random House



Random House

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9781846043062

ISBN-10 1846043069


Number of Pages 224 Pages
Language (English)

Reference works

Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning explores explores human psychology that drives people to look for meaning beyond the obvious in life. Summary Of The Book The author is a Holocaust survivor who managed to get through his experiences without losing his faith in the innate goodness of humanity. In this book, Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning, he explores the beliefs that helped him get through those terrible days. He was an eminent psychiatrist and so he also draws from the science of psychiatry to explain his convictions. He uses psychiatric and religious concepts to find answers to many questions about life. Man's Search For Ultimate Meaning combines science, philosophy and religion to explore the ideas of pain, suffering and death. The author is firmly of the opinion that life holds a deeper meaning than the obvious. He also asserts that the meaning has to be found and that it cannot be taught. Each person's understanding of the ultimate meaning of life is their own. He says that while life is indeed profound and not just the shallow collection of events and experiences, the interpretation of what it means is ultimately personal. It is dictated by each person's own life and their views. About Viktor E. Frankl Viktor E. Frankl was an Austrian psychiatrist. Man's Search for Meaning, Psychotherapy and Existentialism, and The Unheard Cry for Meaning are some of his other books. Viktor E. Frankl was born in Vienna in 1905. After studying medicine at the University of Vienna, he later majored in psychiatry and neurology. Frankl lost his wife, mother and brother in the Holocaust. He himself spent three years in concentration camps. In 1945, he wrote a memoir of his experiences during his confinement, which earned him international renown when it was published in English under the title, Man's Search For Meaning. He evolved a new form of therapy based on his experiences. He was in-charge of the Vienna Polyclinic of Neurology. He has also held teaching positions at the University of Vienna and at Harvard University. The numerous honors he received include the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, the Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association, and the Great Gold Medal with Star for Services to the Republic of Austria.