Unraveling Life’s Riddle – A virtual symposium


Tami Yaguri’s book Unraveling Life’s Riddle was recently released by Cambridge Scholars as a paperback (available here). It is a book about “the meanings of life, in which poetry, anecdote, philosophy, psychology, therapy, personal experience and therapeutic illustrations come together in a rich and colourful tapestry” (Professor Emmy van Deurzen).

The highly original study is now the focus of a series of critical dialogues from scholars of philosophy, psychology, theology and literature, taking part in a virtual symposium hosted by the website and intellectual community Syndicate. The forum exists as “a generative, discursive ‘space’ for discourse in the humanities, re-contextualized as a digital and social media platform.” The website has been highlighting significant research in the humanities since 2016.

You can follow the discussion here, which will deal with a different chapter or aspect of Unraveling Life’s Riddle every week. The first contribution by Tzachi Zamir is an analysis of Tyagi’s method, which is given a great deal of praise for its originality:

“Yaguri has offered us a rich and wise book proposing a fresh method designed to handle a question that for some reason gets marginalized in contemporary philosophy. The combination of actually listening to people and relating what she hears to a philosophical context, creates a theory sufficiently flexible to be used in a pluralistic world, a theory that respects different choices and yet is not subjective in some hollow manner. There is no “philosophical therapy” here, and no general theory of meaning in life. A structured, critical process is being offered. One in which humans understand something about themselves and about their life’s meaning through philosophical reflection, in a manner that we have not seen before. This is no small achievement.” 

To read an extract from the book, or to purchase it in hardback or paperback formats, you can visit our website.

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