PHIL 1200 – Lecture 1
The Nihilist’s Worry
Premise 1: If there is a meaning of life, then there must be either a transcendent
meaning of life or an immanent meaning of life.
Transcendent meaning of life: How human life relate to other realms or beings that
transcend the life we live in. (Ex. God, Heaven, etc.)
Immanent meaning of life: The way life relates to the natural physical realm. (Ex. Love,
social interactions, etc.)
Premise 2: There is no transcendent meaning of life.
Premise 3: There is no immanent meaning of life.
Conclusion: Therefore, there is no meaning of life.
When presented with an argument:
1. Conclusion doesn’t follow premises.
2. Even if the conclusion does follow the premises, at least one of the premises is false.
Two kinds of people:
Nihilism: The view that there is no meaning of life.
Affirmationism: The view that there is no meaning of life. There are two varieties:
- Transcendentalism: The view that there is a meaning of life because there is a
transcendent meaning of life.
- Immanentism: The view that there is a meaning of life because there is an immanent