The School of Life

The Meaning of Life

  • The Meaning of Life by The School of Life
  • Exploring a range of topics including love, family and work
  • Develop more meaning into our everyday activities
  • A practical guide to delve into one of life's greatest questions


The School of Life brings us a book exploring life's greatest question and dilemma; what is The Meaning of Life. Delve into chapters exploring Love, Work, Family, Friendship alongside Politics, Culture and Storytelling - all compiled to help us consider why certain aspects of life hold meaning and gain self-knowledge you can utilise in everyday living.

Chapters Include:

  • Sources of Meaning
  • Love
  • Family
  • Work
  • Friendship
  • Culture
  • Politics
  • Nature
  • Philosophy
  • Obstacles of Meaning
  • Vague Self-Understanding
  • Selflessness
  • Immortality
  • The Art of Storytelling


Extracts from the book:

On Meaningful Work

"We are taught by economics to think for ourselves as, for the most part, selfish creatures. It can seem as if what we primarily want from work is money. What is far more striking is the extent to which we require work to be - as we put it - 'meaningful'. A job can pay well and offer immense prestige, but, unless is it meaningful, it may eventually stifle us and crush our spirits."

On Meaning from Family

"One of the things that makes families so important and so meaningful is that they are centres of unashamed nepotism. We are used to thinking negatively of nepotism. We are taught that a good society is one in which people rise and fall according to their own merits or flaws, and do not gain unfair favour from their families. But, in a crucial emotional sense at least, most of us don't actually believe this. We are all, more or less, emotional nepotists."

Content: Hardback book | 135 pages | 169 x 129 mm

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