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3.27.08 - Moritz Schlick"On the meaning of Life The...

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Moritz Schlick: “On the meaning of Life” The emptiness of common conceptions of meaning Focus on a goal To what end? Life-maintenance But meaning can’t be in mere maintenance, but in content of life. The pendulum of driving desire and boredom (Schopenhauer) The “gospel of our age:” the deification of work Activity undertaken to achieve a purpose Work can not be the value of life, because the value of work is outside it. “Unremitting stern fulfillment of duty” makes us narrow and deprives us of the freedom required for self-development. A life focused on distant goals compared to a bow that is always bent Shifting the center of gravity of your life forward Unceasing concern for the future casts its shadow over every present and clouds the joy of it. Ex. When people keep thinking as soon as I grow up I will have some power I cant wait for that. That is when life will have some importance. When I am an adult it still isn’t
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