The search for the meaning of life is one of the deepest passions of the human race. Humans are not satisfied with their actual existence, they want to understand it, to interweave the happenings, connections and events of their lives into one complete and understandable story, which illuminates life in a new light. Philosophers deal with the question of the meaning of existence as a theoretical question. Writers and poets, on the other hand, tell the realistic story of the human quest for meaning. They are not interested in the question as a theoretical question but as a question anchored in factual reality, in the random life circumstances in which humans find themselves. The beginning of this journey is birth and it is followed by death. The journey is not continuous and uniform, it has crises and turns. It occurs first and foremost in a person's imagination and consciousness and not necessarily in space; It is an internal movement and not necessarily an external movement. Thus the artist, the writer or the poet, is one of the documenters of this journey, and the literary work itself is its embodiment. This book analyzes several literary works that give expression to the human journey or human journeys. He deals with the Bible, the poetry of Cheslav Milosz, Zelda and Amichai and the fiction of Applefeld, Brenner and Stefan Heim - different works from different times that have one thing in common: the attempt to tell the story of the human search for meaning. The chapters of the book outline the complex picture of human existence moving between the past and the future, between forced factuality and the constant attempt to go beyond it to new horizons of existence. The book is an attempt to read literary works while focusing on one of the most ancient and important questions both in philosophy and in real life: the question of the meaning and meaning of human existence; Not as a metaphysical question or as a theological question, but as an existential question that every person seeks to find an answer to in his life....
|Translated title of the contribution||The Human Voyage to Meaning, A Philosophical-Hermeneutical Study of Literary Works|
|Publisher||Bar-Ilan University Press|
|State||Published - 2009|