Death acceptance and the meaning of life

Communications professor Corey Anton’s search for the sources of meaning in life has led to important contributions in the areas of philosophy and communication, as well as a 2011 “Best Book Award” at the National Communication Association annual conference.

Anton’s book, “Sources of Significance: Worldly Rejuvenation and Neo-Stoic Heroism” (Purdue University Press, 2010), was a product of 10-15 years of research and three years of writing. “It was a labor of love,” he said.

The book focuses on topics such as death acceptance, self-esteem, religious dogma and social justice. Anton said the book explores ways for people to bring genuine meaning to their lives outside the realms of trivial consumerism or religious fundamentalism.  

“Sources of Significance” stresses the importance of developing a meaningful existence in the mundane dimensions of everyday life, such as the workplace. “We’ve created a world where so much of today’s work is meaningless because employers try to design a workplace where employees can’t make mistakes,” said Anton.  

He said the book is important for leaders and managers to learn how to own the responsibility for creating meaningful work environments in today’s society but it also spans much farther than that, touching on the ideas of theism, atheism, agnosticism and spiritualist humanism.


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