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An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher J P Tarcher
Publication date September 27, 2012
Pages 219
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781585429011
ISBN-10 1585429015
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 7.50 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
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Original list price $24.95
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What is the purpose of life on Earth? Philosopher Jacob Needleman frames man's role on the planet in a completely new and fresh way, moving beyond the usual environmental concerns to reveal how the care and maintenance of a world is something vital and basic to our existence as authentic human beings.
In some of his most deeply affecting writing, Needleman draws on his childhood experiences with a terminally ill friend whose impending death forces the young boys to face questions of the meaning of existence at an early age—questions that Needleman carried with him in his explorations of science and philosophy throughout his career as a scholar of religions. The conclusions that he reaches will give all of us a new sense of the purpose of our lives and the planet we live on.

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Reprint edition from J P Tarcher (December 26, 2013)
9780399165092 | details & prices | 219 pages | 5.00 × 7.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $15.95
About: The bestselling philosopher’s unforgettable exploration of the true meaning of life on earth, now in paperback for the first time.

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