Monthly Archives: January 2016

Objective Meaning of Life

Allegory with a portrait of a Venetian senator (Allegory of the morality of earthly things), attributed to Tintoretto, 1585

(This post summarizes and comments on the posts of the last two weeks.)

Ellin’s suggestion that the moral life provides meaning is fruitful, as is Thomson’s suggestion that we add intellectual and aesthetic value for fully meaningful lives. Continue reading Objective Meaning of Life

Thaddeus Metz: “The good, the true, and the beautiful: toward a unified account of great meaning in life”

Thaddeus Metz is a Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He grew up in Iowa and received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. Continue reading Thaddeus Metz: “The good, the true, and the beautiful: toward a unified account of great meaning in life”

Review of Paul Thagard’s, The Brain and the Meaning of Life

Paul Thagard (1950 – ) is professor of philosophy, psychology, and computer science and director of the cognitive science program at the University of Waterloo in Canada. His recent book, The Brain and the Meaning of Life (2010), is the first book length study of the implications of brain science for the philosophical question of the meaning of life. Continue reading Review of Paul Thagard’s, The Brain and the Meaning of Life

Summary of Raymond Belliotti’s, What is the Meaning of Human Life?

Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris

Raymond Belliotti is Distinguished Teaching Professor of Philosophy SUNY Fredonia. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Miami and a J.D. from Harvard University.

Belliotti’s book What Is The Meaning Of Human Life? (2001) advances an objective naturalist approach to meaning. Continue reading Summary of Raymond Belliotti’s, What is the Meaning of Human Life?