Category Archives: Meaning of Life – Objective

Karl Britton on Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris

Karl William Britton (1909-83) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He graduated from the University of Cambridge (Clare College) where he was President of the Union and a personal friend of Ludwig Wittgenstein. Continue reading Karl Britton on Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

Joseph Ellin: Morality and the Meaning of Life

Le Penseur in the Musée Rodin in Paris

Joseph Ellin (1937 – 2011), professor emeritus at Western Michigan University and civil rights activist, received his Ph.D. from Yale University. He concludes his 1995 book, Morality and the Meaning of Life: An Introduction to Ethical Theory, with a discussion of how meaning in life is found in objective values. Continue reading Joseph Ellin: Morality and the Meaning of Life

 Naturalism and Objective Meaning in Life

William Durant and Ariel Durant (1930)Will Durant and Ariel Durant (1930)

Most of us have known some golden days in the June of life when philosophy was in fact what Plato calls it, “that dear delight;” when the love of a modestly elusive truth seemed more glorious – incomparably – than the lust for the ways of the flesh and the dross of the world. And there is always some wistful remnant in us of that early wooing of wisdom. Continue reading  Naturalism and Objective Meaning in Life

Westphal & Cherry: “Is Life Absurd?”

Sisyphus, the symbol of the absurdity of existence, painting by Franz Stuck (1920)

Jonathan Westphal is currently a visiting professor of philosophy at Hampshire College. He received his B.A. from Harvard College, M.A. from the University of Sussex, and PhD from the University of London. Christopher Cherry is Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Kent in Canterbury England. Their 1990 article, “Is Life Absurd?” offers Continue reading Westphal & Cherry: “Is Life Absurd?”