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Department
Philosophy
Course
PHIL 1070
Professor
Robert Mc Gill
Semester
Spring

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Philosophy 02/26/2014 What is the “Meaning of Life”? The question is a bit unclear/obscure Words have meanings – they stand for things Footprints mean someone was here – they are evidence But, life doesn’t have meaningthese  senses If by “meaning” you mean “purpose,” then: If there is a God, there’s a chance that life has a purpose, and so a meaning (God’s plan) If there is no God, then LIFE HAS NO POINT, PURPOSE OR MEANING But, regardless of whether LIFE AS A WHOLE has a Meaning, OUR LIVES can be MEANINGFUL                                There may be no meaning to life,                               But, we can sti  in    meaning   life Rather than ask about the aning of Life , let’s ask about the Meaningful Life. What makes life meaningful? Approach this question by asking what makes it meaningless Paradigms of the Meaningless Life: The Blob Lives life in hazy passivity, achieving nothing Not unpleasant , but unconnected, going nowhere Useless Lives a life full of silly, decadent, useless activity The idle rich The corporate executive The pig farmer Bankrupt Lives engaged in a project that ultimately fails What can we learn from these three cases? A MEANINGFUL LIFE will be: Actively engaged (unlike the Blob) And at least somewhat successful (unlike the Bankrupt) In a project that has some positive value (unlike the Useless) Active Engagement: This is more than mere activity The projects mustengage  the person She must embrace  them, be proud of them, consider them to bsignificant In Projects of Positive Value: Projects are understood broadly to include, e.g. relationshi
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