The Four Noble Truths.
Foreword by Charles Johnson.
Prologue: An Ancient Fable.
The Extinction of Desire: A Tale of Enlightenment.
"[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."
- 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