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September, 13th, 2017Robert Nozick (Lecture 1)Philosophy and the meaning of life-We all believe we know what the meaning of life is-Meaning as external/casual relationship “smoke means fire”-Meaning as an external referential or sematic relation: “brother means male sibling), (white flag means surrender)-Meaning as intention or purpose (intention to do something-Meaning as lesson (moral od the story)-Meaning as personal significance value, importance (you mean a lot to me)-Meaning as objective meaningfulness: “importance, significance, meaning-Meaning as intrinsic meaningfulness: “objective meaning in itself, apart from any connections to anything else.”-Meaning as total result of meaning: “the sum total and web of something’s meanings”-Death: Victor Frank“Death itself make life meaningful”-If we were immortal, we would postpone every action forever. -Nozick points out that scientists would alter the meaning of life by trying to end natural

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