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York University
PHIL 1100
David Stamos

Philosophy and the Meaning of Life – Robert Nozick - deals with the idea that even if God exists, and God has a purpose for us, how does this provide meaning? - would any and every role be able to provide meaning to our life? - No; playing some role in God’s plan is insufficient, we need to play a central/important one - the role should be positive - even if our role was to act as a bad rolemodel, we expect our role to focus on aspects that we prize and are proud of - 2 ways we can be included in God’s plan - 1) we must act in a certain way to fulfill role - 2) role may not depend on actions/choice at all (we are just willy nilly) - argues that just because we serve role in God’s plan, does not mean we have meaning in life - if ^ this were true, we can find meaning by fitting into anyones’ plan - argues once you find ur life is meaningless, there is little one can do - in order to provide meaning for another by providing them a role in your plan, it is not enough. The plan itself must have meaning independently of its purpose to provide another with meaning. - take ^ idea, and ask what is it about God’s plan that is meaningful all on its own? - no simple one line answer to MOL - does think MOL is legitimate question capable of legitimate answer - answer requires a lot of analysis with no simple formula - criticism: question is so big, that you need go beyond philosophical answer - “different senses and kinds of meaning”  more meanings of “meaning” than Wisdom gave us Meanings of Life 1. External causal relationship - causal antecedent (something that causes something ex. our ancestry for myself to exist) - causal concomitant (something that goes in a causal way) - causal consequent (something that comes after a causal sense) 2. External Referential/Semantic meaning - synonymy (two words might mean same thing: ex. 2 peoples live might mean same thing) - reference (referential meaning, referring to someone/something) - symbolism ( ex. white flag for surrender) - life can have semantic meaning if its refers to objective property of that life (ex. Terry Fox, his objectiv
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