Category Archives: Meaning of Life – Agnostic

Summary of John Wisdom’s, “The Meanings of the Questions of Life”

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A Meaningful but Mostly Unanswerable Question

Not all philosophers agree that the ultimate why question is meaningless. A notable exception was John Wisdom (1904–1993), who spent most of his career at Trinity College, Cambridge, and became Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University. Continue reading Summary of John Wisdom’s, “The Meanings of the Questions of Life”

Summary of Kai Nielsen’s,“Linguistic Philosophy and The Meaning of Life”

A Meaningless Question and Valuable Lives

Kai Nielsen (1926- ) is professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Calgary. Before moving to Canada, Nielsen taught for many years at New York University (NYU). He is a prolific writer, the author of more than 30 books and 400 articles. Continue reading Summary of Kai Nielsen’s,“Linguistic Philosophy and The Meaning of Life”

Summary of Paul Edwards’ “Why?”

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Paul Edwards (1923 – 2004) was an Austrian American moral philosopher who was editor-in-chief of Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of Philosophy, published in 1967. With eight volumes and nearly 1,500 entries by over 500 contributors, it is one of the monumental works of twentieth-century philosophy. Continue reading Summary of Paul Edwards’ “Why?”