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May 13, 1950

A Philosophy of Life

JAMA. 1950;143(2):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910370061030

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From its title, this book might be anything from a study of ethics to a discussion of the nature of life. However, the announcement on the cover states: "This is a new kind of book. It presupposes no formal training in philosophy, requiring only that the reader be interested in such problems as the nature and significance of human personality, the kind of God in whom a rational man can believe and the pathway to human happiness." It is essentially a textbook in philosophy.

Every young man and woman who has an enquiring mind and seeks wisdom asks: "What am I? What is matter? What is the universe? Did it begin or has it existed forever? What is the relation between my mind and my body? Are they one thing or two? What is the explanation of the coexistence of good and evil? Is there a maker, called God, and,

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