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Fantasy And Imagination: Discovering The Threshold Of Meaning, David Michael Westlake May 2005

Fantasy And Imagination: Discovering The Threshold Of Meaning, David Michael Westlake

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This thesis addresses the ultimate question of western humanity; how does one find meaning in the present era? It offers the reader one powerful way for this to happen, and that is through the stories found in the pages of Fantasy literature. It begins with Frederick Nietzsche's declaration that, "God is dead." This describes the situation of men and women in his time and today. The statement has to do with the general disconnection of humanity in the western world from its foundations. All society had been based on the mythological literature of the past, but beginning in the ...