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This Deep Pierian Spring

An Account of the Human Quest for Meaning

Author(s): M.F. Sia and S. Sia

Book Description

Fundamental questions about life arise in various contexts, making us wonder about the real worth of living. However, it is certainly a sign of our times when one is alerted to the fundamental question about the meaning and significance of life by an ominous text message. The main character of this book, Professor Enrique de los Reyes, receives such a warning: the onset of super-typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever to hit landfall, and the impending danger to his friend and his relatives in the Philippines. As he anxiously awaits more news, he recalls and reviews in the context of this tragedy his philosophical wanderings throughout a long academic career in pursuit of the meaning of life. He wonders how these could now be reconciled with the urgent need for him to attend to this particular situation. The response to his query comes from a most unexpected source as he assesses Alexander Pope’s advice to drink deeply from the Pierian spring and realises its import for one’s conduct in life.

This reflective account of a human quest is the last volume in a trilogy which probes into philosophical themes in a narrative way. The first book, Those Distant Shores: A Narrative of Human Restlessness, looks at human restlessness and explores the fundamental theme of human transcendence by following the life-stories of three boyhood friends and of another young student as they embark on their respective journeys in life. The second book, That Elusive Fountain of Wisdom: A Tale of the Human Thirst for Knowledge, deals with the fundamental craving of human beings for fulfilment as depicted in the various characters from different countries who pursue their respective academic interests and ambitions.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8893-6
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8893-1
Date of Publication: 01/05/2016
Pages / Size: 285 / A5
Price: £47.99


M.F. Sia was Assistant Principal and Teacher of English at Terenure College, Dublin. S. Sia was Professor and Dean of Philosophy at Milltown Institute at the National University of Ireland and Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University, LA. Both are recently retired, and have co-authored a number of scholarly books, journal articles, and conference papers, as well as literary works.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-4489-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-4489-6
Date of Publication: 01/03/2017
Pages / Size: 290 / A5
Price: £29.99