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Education's End by Anthony T. Kronman

Meaning. Authenticity. Mission. Purpose. Values. What is the meaning of life? This is a huge question. It is a question we all need to ask and answer. College students struggle with this question on an entirely different level as they transition from childhood to adulthood.

When I picked up this book I was looking for a good argument to bring back the debate of the meaning of life to the college campus. Unfortunately, I did not find what I was looking for here.

Now being a Christian, I understand that my critique is clouded. I have a certain view of the meaning of life and my view is relatively exclusive but that does not mean I excuse myself from exploring the issue. As Kronman states, secular humanism rejects the assumption that there is a single right answer. Kronman backs up this statement very well by showing how in every field there are a wide range of opinions and thinking. And though I agree that there will always be disagreement, we are all no matter the question looking for the correct answer. Let us look at the answer for the meaning of life from all avenues including atheism, spiritualists, devout religious, and everything in between.

Additionally, I didn’t find the book to be an adequate overview of how colleges and universities operate. The book felt more like a harsh critique of humanities professor, reviewing how the failed to advance the field.

This just was not the book I was looking for so I cannot recommend it, but the arguments listed are still well written.