Category Archives: Meaning of Life – Subjective

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”

Raymond Martin: The Meaning of Life is A Fast Car and a Good Woman

Raymond Martin is Crichton Professor of Philosophy at Union College. He spent most of his career at the University of Maryland. In his 1989 piece, “The Meaning of Life” Martin notes that problems in life—poverty, sickness, suffering, pain, etc—challenge the idea of it having a meaning Continue reading Raymond Martin: The Meaning of Life is A Fast Car and a Good Woman

Summary of Hazel Barnes’ “The Far Side of Despair”

Hazel Barnes (1915-2008) was a longtime professor of philosophy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She played a major role in introducing French existentialism to the English-speaking world through her translations and scholarship. Continue reading Summary of Hazel Barnes’ “The Far Side of Despair”

Summary of Paul Edwards’ “The Meaning and Value in Life”

In “The Meaning and Value of Life” (1967) Paul Edwards to whom we have already been introduced, notes that many religious thinkers argue that life cannot have meaning unless our lives are part of a divine plan and at least some humans achieve eternal bliss. Continue reading Summary of Paul Edwards’ “The Meaning and Value in Life”

Subjective Meaning in Life

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 Naturalism and Subjective Meaning

Assuming that none of our previous answers to the question of the meaning of life completely satisfies, we now consider the idea that meaning is not something you stumble upon, find or discover, but something you fashion, invent or create Continue reading Subjective Meaning in Life