PHIL 1100 Lecture Notes - Robert Nozick, Thanatology, Teleology

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Published on 16 Apr 2013
School
York University
Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1100
Professor
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
objective property is a symbol of hope and courage)
3. intention/purpose
- someone else can have intent/purpose in your life (in anothers life)
- ex. parents who have children for a purpose such as for them to take over family business
- We can ourselves assign a specific purpose to our own life
- ^Can and how do we do that?
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No; playing some role in god"s plan is insufficient, we need to play a central/important one. Even if our role was to act as a bad rolemodel, we expect our role to focus on aspects that we. 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) Philosophy and the meaning of life robert nozick. The role should be positive prize and are proud of. 2 ways we can be included in god"s plan. 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.

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