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Last Name 2 Humanities 101 – Final Paper Answer:- What is the meaning of life? More importantly, how does one decide to go about finding life’s meaning? For me, the meaning of life is quite simple. I identify more closely with the modern day Greek heroic worldview of the search for meaning (best exemplified by Friedrich Nietzsche) than any other of the paths I have studied in this course. In this essay, I will outline six figures from history and interpret their contributions in comparison to my views on the meaning of life. While there is certainly no one answer on how one should go about their search for meaning, I believe that for each individual there does exist a preferable method on how to go about one’s search. My idea of what I thought I believed to be the best method for me has changed several times throughout my analysis of the figures covered in this course. One constant that has remained is my close relation to the heroic worldview, as opposed to that of the saint. I have always had difficulty with faith, believing only in what is tangible and can be clearly observed. I have had brief moments in my life of being able to put faith in something other than that which is corporeal, but for the majority, I believe in bettering one’s own self and mastering or conquering one’s own abilities. I suppose it can be said, like Nietzsche, I believe in living life fully without any hope beyond the present. Let me now compare the paths of some of history’s most important philosophical figures to that of my own understanding. MODULE 2—ARISTOTLE One of the earliest documented philosophers from the original Greek heroic worldview is the Aristotle (384-322 BCE). Aristotle was not just a prolific writer, but a polymath whose expertise spanned many of the arts and sciences (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy). I find
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Last Name 3 that I can identify with this aspect of the man (though not associated with his philosophies) because of my love of learning and mastering all fields of which I gain knowledge. For Aristotle, happiness—and the process of building toward it—is the hero’s reward (Ambrosio, Lecture 6). Attaining happiness, for Aristotle, was done through moral virtue (built by practice), friendship, and contemplation—which he believed to be the highest form of fulfillment (Ambrosio, 6). In short, eudemonia—modernly translated as “human flourishing”—was the highest form of happiness that Aristotle believed one could achieve (IEP). It is no wonder why Aristotle has been simply referred to by some of his contemporaries as “The Philosopher”. Contributions. The contributions of Aristotle are seemingly endless. Not only did he contribute greatly to the worldview of heroic philosophy, but also to many of the other areas of study which he mastered. Aristotle was first to refute one of his predecessors in the Greek worldview, Plato, with his rejection of Plato’s theory of forms (IEP). Simply put, Plato argued
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