Philosophy Book Discussion

The Philosophy Book Discussion Group will continue their discussion of The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction by Terry Eagleton (Oxford University Press, $11.95). Eagleton examines how centuries of thinkers and writers have responded to the ultimate question of meaning. He suggests that it is only in modern times that the question has become problematic. Eagleton notes many educated people believe that life is an evolutionary accident that has no intrinsic meaning. If our lives have meaning, it is something with which we manage to invest them, not something with which they come ready made. Eagleton probes this view of meaning as a kind of private enterprise, and concludes that it fails to holds up. He argues instead that the meaning of life is not a solution to a problem, but a matter of living in a certain way. It is not metaphysical but ethical. It is not something separate from life, but what makes it worth living--that is, a certain quality, depth, abundance and intensity of life.

Event date: 

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

The Bookworm
The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780199532179
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 30th, 2008

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