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Katherine Oubre
Phillip Schoenberg
December 22nd, 2021
$ 35
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Our Search For Meaning examines the intellectual history of western civilization as it is portrayed in literature and philosophy within the context of the ALAS Questions: What is truth? What is justice? What does it mean to be human? What is the good life? History, literature, and philosophy seek to help humans as a species explain the world, the world around them as well as the world within. And they all do so through narratives, stories that help us try to understand and explain our purpose in our very mortal existence. This anthology examines texts within the western literary tradition in conversation.

The Authors

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Katherine Oubre

Katherine Oubre is Associate Professor of English, Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences (ALAS) coordinator, and Humanities Department Chair at Western New Mexico University. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2000 with a dissertation on contemporary American women’s nature writing. Her current research interests include American environmental literature, American Romanticism, and the novel. In addition to her passion for teaching, she enjoys walking, hiking, and backpacking in the glorious Gila National Forest with her husband Nick and their two dogs Bjorn and Betty.



Phillip Schoenberg

Phillip Schoenberg is Associate Professor of philosophy, and director of the Millennium III Honors Program at Western New Mexico University. He received his PhD from the University of New Mexico in 2016 with a dissertation on secularity and modernity. His current research interests include Philosophy as a Way of Life and American Transcendentalism. Besides teaching and research, he enjoys backpacking, fly-fishing, and spending time with his wife and two children.