Class 26 - Wolf on Meaning in Life


In our final class on the meaning of life we’ll discuss Professor Susan Wolf’s lecture “Meaning in Life.” Unlike Camus and Nagel, Wolf argues that life has meaning, and attempts to give a particular positive conception of what that meaning consists in. We’ll discuss her proposal as ...

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Class 25 - Nagel on the Absurd


Today we’ll continue looking at the question of the meaning of life and its possible absurdity. We’ll look at how Tom Nagel addresses some of the issues raised by Camus, as well as his positive view concerning the absurdity of existence.

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Class 24 - Camus on the Absurd


Today we’ll start discussion of our final topic—the meaning of life. We begin by looking at Camus’s famous discussion of meaning and the absurd. The questions Camus raises concern potentially sensitive matters, such as death and suicide. These are uncomfortable topics for many and have touched most ...

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