Living On Purpose

Meaning, Intention and Value

Graham Dunstan Martin

Out of print

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Addresses big issues such as the problem of evil, and the mystery of the afterlife, to show that there is meaning, purpose and value in the universe.

234 x 156 mm
Floris Books
Philosophy of Human Life
232 pages
Publication date:
24 Apr 2008


The view of most contemporary thinkers is that there is no purpose or value in the universe, or in nature. Following on from the success of Does It Matter? Graham Martin sets out to show this viewpoint to be false.

He addresses several big issues, including the problem of evil, the mystery of the afterlife, and evidence for a spiritual dimension to human experience. Ultimately he argues that our human intuitions give genuine hope of a moral and rational order in the universe.

This fascinating and important book is for all those who want to question the modern-day ruling philosophy.


'A worthwhile and thought-provoking read.'
-- Ulrich Mohrhoff, Antimatters Journal

'I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in following a philosophical investigation into what form a life after death may take.'
-- Joseph Norwood, De Numine

'Martin demolishes one by one every prejudice of modern science. Good and evil, God, and our moral ideas are not some mere custom or fancy … Martin salvages the freedom of consciousness from the yoke of material causality … This book will be a delightful read for the popular audience that shares Martin's fears that science's ideas are a threat to their meaningful existence and their sacred values.'
-- Wendy Hamblet, Appraisal Journal

'Written in the same robust style as his earlier book, Does It Matter?, Living on Purpose presents powerful arguments for reinstating meaning, intention and value … Even those familiar with these fields will find the rigorous quality of the argument extremely useful … Graham sees the world as a place of soul-making, where the separation entailed by individuality gives us the opportunity to learn the supreme lesson of love and compassion … A really excellent and enjoyable book - highly recommended.'
-- David Lorimer, Scientific and Medical Network Review

'For readers who like a robust and even boisterous treatment of big religious and philosophical issues, and who enjoy engaging with the opposition head-on, this book is a great read.'
-- Bernard Farr, Theological Book Review


Graham Dunstan Martin was born in Leeds, England, in 1932. He taught French and English in schools for several years before lecturing in French poetry, literature and philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from 1965 to 2000. He is the author of many books, including Does It Matter: The Unsustainable World of the Materialists (Floris Books, 2005), Shadows in the Cave: Mapping the Conscious Universe (1990), translations of French poetry and three works of literary criticism.

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