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The Extinction of Desire: A Tale of Enlightenment

ISBN: 978-0-470-77729-9
224 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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What would you do if you suddenly became rich? Michael O’Meara had never asked himself this question. A high school history teacher in Maryland, Michael is content- until, after a freak accident, he unexpectedly finds himself the beneficiary of a million dollars that disrupt his life and leave him questioning everything he had and everything he thought he wanted. The Extinction of Desire blends Buddhist philosophy and fiction to maps the course of one man’s voyage to uncover the fundamental truths about what is really valuable in life.

  • An engaging novel that seeks to portray a philosophical depiction of the author’s worldview theory
  • Addresses core topics in philosophy and religion - knowledge, reality, self and others, value-in narrative form
  • Confronts the place of materialism and instant gratification in our world views
  • Includes a foreword by Charles Johnson, winner of the American National Book Award for fiction in 1990, for his book Middle Passage
  • Accompanied by a supporting website offering a wealth of additional resources, including discussion points for reading groups and a teachers’ guide: www.blackwellpublishing.com/publicphilosophy/boylan
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The Four Noble Truths.

Foreword by Charles Johnson.

Prologue: An Ancient Fable.

The Extinction of Desire: A Tale of Enlightenment.

Acknowledgments

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Michael Boylan is the Chair of Philosophy, Theology, and Religious Studies at Marymount University. He is also the author of A Just Society (2004), Ethics Across the Curriculum: A Practice-Based Approach (2003, with James A. Donahue), and Basic Ethics (2000). He received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago.
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  • An engaging novel that seeks to portray a philosophical depiction of the author’s worldview theory
  • Blends Buddhist philosophy and fiction to map the course of one man’s voyage to uncover the fundamental truths about what is really valuable in life
  • Addresses core topics in philosophy and religion - knowledge, reality, self and others, value-in narrative form
  • Confronts the place of materialism and instant gratification in our world views
  • Includes a foreword by Charles Johnson, winner of the American National Book Award for fiction in 1990, for his book Middle Passage
  • Accompanied by a supporting website offering a wealth of additional resources, including discussion points for reading groups and a teachers’ guide: www.blackwellpublishing.com/publicphilosophy/boylan
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"[Boylan] tries to present a philosophical worldview through the characters, actions, and events of his novel. He wants to show us a worldview in its experienced development and not just say that such and such is the case ... [A] brief summary of the action does not do justice to the richness of the story and the fun provided by the humorous characters that Michael encounters on his path toward enlightenment. They provide surprises and laughter along the way."

Metapsychology

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