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Lecture 19

Lecture 19 WOLF & CAHN

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York University
PHIL 1100
David Stamos

Lecture 19 Meaning in Life – Susan Wolf  1997 article “Happiness and meaning two aspects of life”  Defines meaning of life, instinct (longing) for people {page 232}  Claims a paradigms in her culture (meaningful and meaningless examples)  “Lives of great moral and intellectual concept”  “Active engagement (great, excitingly involved) in projects of worth (objective values)” (page 232)  Subjective values tends to be shallow  Two objective values:  Great moral accomplishments  Great intellectual accomplishments  Projects of worth; friends, personal virtues (charity) and religious values (examples) {also objective}  Meeting a movie star, crossword puzzles, video games, just amusements NOT satisfying deep meaning in meaning of life  Distinguishes active engagement but no projects of worth, or vice versa (example: doctors, driving a school bus)  Engaged projects of worth but no active engagement  “Meaning arises when subjective attraction meets objective attractiveness”  Being a doctor is objective attractiveness (saves lives, helping people)  Subjective, “why I want to be a doctor?” (Family wants you to be a doctor or
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