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quest for (someone or something)

To hunt, seek, or search for something. We've been questing for locations to shoot our new film. The border is always filled with refugees questing for a better future.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

quest for someone or something

to seek after someone or something. Martin is off questing for a book on baroque organ building. She is questing for a better way to do it.
See also: for, quest
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She was renamed Quest For Adventure last May, just after her Liverpool visit.
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Kant's explanations also succeeded in isolating that mind and its reasoning capacity from the presumed mystery characterizing the other defining aspect of human beings: their nature as autonomous "agents of morality" within a supersensual and indeterminate "realm of change." Altogether, Kant provided a world view within which science was itself a quest for certainty --but a quest appropriate only for "the inherently rational and immutable domain of material substance." As for that realm of change for which the methods of science are not applicable, humans were advised to rely on faith in metaphysical explanations, with their promise of escape from uncertainty through the soul's ultimate connection to a realm of perfect being.
They are nothing less than the issue of whether or not humankind can move beyond the age-old quest for certainty.
If we can agree that one of the greatest threats to the survival of life is our culture's enduring dualism and the quest for certainty encouraged by it, the issue then becomes: what can we do about it?
But this need not translate into a quest for certainty.
I suspect, rather, that what is referred to as religion here is our deeply embedded drive for emotional and intellectual security, manifested in a quest for certainty where explanations are concerned.
One of the other things that makes the third quest different is that for the first time you have a fully international and ecumenical religious quest for the historical Jesus, which makes for richness.
The bulk of The Quest for Community consists of Nisbet demonstrating how a rogue's gallery of political thinkers throughout history (Plato, Hobbes, Bentham, Mill, Locke, Marx, and, especially, Rousseau) have justified an ever more powerful State, and ever less powerful intermediate associations.
Although Nisbet appears to be a man deeply out of tune with his times-many people feel they're living in the wrong century, but he's the relatively rare case who's in the wrong millennium-there are ways in which The Quest for Community bears the distinctive stamp of the period when it was written, the early fifties.
In fact he seems to be completely agnostic on the subject of capitalism itself; he calls it "a sand heap of disconnected particles of humanity," unless it is primarily not an economic system but "a system of social and moral allegiances." He has a benign view of some institutions that conservatives have distanced themselves from, such as hereditary classes and the Southern side in the Civil War, and others that they would see as too liberal, like labor unions; at the end of The Quest for Community, he uses rhetoric that would appear to indicate approval-before-the-fact of the much-hated campus "multiculturalism" movement.
Schambra of the American Enterprise Institute, in a foreword written for the reissue of The Quest for Community, demonstrates the kind of spin that has to be put on Nisbetism if it is to have any present-day political utility.
It is certainly true that, in contrast to many "protest" novels, most notably Wright's Native Son, Their Eyes creates a space for rural black folk culture, both in Hurston's own native town of Eatonville, and in the folk community of the Florida Everglades.(1) In the first parts of the novel, these isolated black communities serve as the backdrop for the optimistic story of Janie's quest for self-discovery.