Category Archives: Meaning of Life – Personal

“A Meaning to Life,” Reply to Ruse


My last post expressed my effusive praise for Michael Ruse’s new book, A Meaning to Life. I would now like to comment on Ruse’s counsel that we can create and enjoy meaning in life despite the yearning for some non-existent salvific narrative—religious or scientific. Continue reading “A Meaning to Life,” Reply to Ruse

A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 8 – Hope and Meaning

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    26. What I Hope For

What then should we hope for? The objects of my hopes are vague and indeterminate. I hope that something better will emerge in the course of cosmic evolution; that things will work out for the best; that truth, goodness, beauty, justice, and love are real; that my life and universal life are meaningful; that somehow it all makes sense; that life is not in vain; and that things ultimately matter. These are my most fervent hopes. Continue reading A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 8 – Hope and Meaning

A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 7 – Optimism and Hope

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     23. Attitudinal Optimism

One response to the failure of our intellectual analysis to demonstrate that life is or is becoming fully meaningful is to adopt certain attitudes to help us live in the face of the unknown. Let’s consider two potentially helpful attitudes—optimism and hope.  

Optimism is a tendency to expect the best possible outcome. Optimists believe that things will improve, while pessimists believe that things will worsen. I wholeheartedly reject such optimism because I don’t expect good outcomes or have faith that the future will be better. Continue reading A Philosopher’s Lifelong Search for Meaning – Part 7 – Optimism and Hope