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Is the Meaning of Life Subjective?

Sartre 1967 crop.jpgJean-Paul Sartre argued that we must create meaning.

(This post summarizes and comments on posts of the previous few weeks.)

Baier’s arguments against the religious conception of objective meaning are convincing, as is his claim that life can have subjective meaning nonetheless. Edwards expands on this theme, Continue reading Is the Meaning of Life Subjective?

Robert Solomon on the Meaning of Life

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Robert C. Solomon (1942 – 2007) received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and was Quincy Lee Centennial Professor of Philosophy and Business at the University of Texas at Austin for many years until his death. (He was a colleague of mine briefly in the early 2000s, although I didn’t know him well.) Continue reading Robert Solomon on the Meaning of Life

Summary of David Schmidt’s: “The Meanings of Life”

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David Schmidt (1955- ) is Kendrick Professor of Philosophy and joint Professor of Economics at the University of Arizona. In “The Meanings of Life” (2002) he admits that philosophy may not be able to deal with the question of the meaning of life, but Continue reading Summary of David Schmidt’s: “The Meanings of Life”

Summary of John Kekes’: “The Meaning of Life”

John Kekes is Professor Emeritus at SUNY-Albany. He begins his essay “The Meaning of Life” as follows: “Most of our lives are spent in routine activities … It is natural to ask then why we should continue on this treadmill.”[i] Continue reading Summary of John Kekes’: “The Meaning of Life”