Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning

  • by Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Viktor Frankl is known to millions of listeners as a psychotherapist who has transcended his field in his search for answers to the ultimate questions of life, death, and suffering. Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning explores the sometimes unconscious basic human desire for inspiration or revelation and illustrates how life can offer profound meaning at every turn.


What the Critics Say

"A truly important book." (Rabbi Harold Kushner)
"Brilliant! In this audiobook, we are privileged to share the richness of Frankl's experience and depth of his wisdom." (Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.)
"A powerful psychological exploration of the religious quest. Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning is to be treasured by psychologists and theologians and by men and women who wrestle with ultimate questions and encounter God as often in the question as in the answer." (Michael Berenbaum)


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Unconscious Religiousness and the Ultimate Meaning

Victor Emil Frankl was one of the greatest psychiatrist and neurologist of XX century. He was Holocaust survivor - prisoner of concentrations camps, including Auschwitz. The book: "Men's Search for Ultimate Meaning" is his last book, for some it is a sequel to "Men's Search for Meaning" but it is rather his "credo" - and is based on his Ph.D. dissertation.
The book's main theme is the refutation of reductionism approach to human mind. In simple words he shows us that the human mind is a unique, irreductible phenomenon.
The ultimate force that drives human person, is according to Frankl, is its search for meaning, which in fact is a search of ultimate meaning, i.e. the search for transcendence.

The book has some great passages and amazing chapters. In one of them: "Unconscious Religiousness" Frankl shows how modern psychoanalysis (existential analysis) reveals the level of human mind - where the unconscious presence of transcendence becomes predominant...

There are also great passages about human love, freedom and responsibility.
He devotes a large part of the book to the problem of "existential vacuum" - the feeling of meaninglessness, that dominates our culture.

Across the book there is a lot of references to love and to its unique importance in human life. His words are stunning expression of the effort to humanize the sexual part of our life. Once we understand, that the sexual life is not a goal in itself (as it exists in modern culture), and that it is ultimate mean to be with, to know your partner - there is no longer any problem with pornography, debauchery, untruthfulness, prostitution and all other plagues related to the intimate sphere of our lives...
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- Mirek

Existential Vacum is real

Would you listen to Man's Search for Ultimate Meaning again? Why?

Yes I would. I have passion for the subject. The content is excellent and the audio quality is marvelous.

Would you be willing to try another book from Viktor E. Frankl? Why or why not?

Yes. I would like to listen to his book "MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING."

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- Jamal

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2008
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC