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Schlick acknowledges that there may be some

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Unformatted text preview: s to be seen in the creation of the artist. His activity, the shaping of his work by inspiration, is itself a pleasure, and it is half by accident that enduring values arise from it. The artist may have no thought, as he works [plays!], of the benefit of these values, or even of his reward, since otherwise the act of creation is disrupted. Not the golden chain, but the song that pours from the heart, is the guerdon that richly rewards! So feels the poet, and so the artist. And anyone who feels thus in what he does, is an artist. (66) 2. Science Take, for example, the scientist. Knowing, too, is a pure play of the spirit, the wrestling for scientific truth is an end- in- itself for him, he rejoices to measure his powers against the riddles which reality propounds to him, quite regardless of the benefits that may somehow accrue to from this (and these, as we know, have often been the most astonishing precisely in the case of purely theoretical discoveries, whose practical utility no one could originally have guessed). (66) Thus, on a slightly more careful, second- pass formulation, Schlick’s creative play theory of the meaning of life can be put this way: The meaning of life consists of ________________________________________________________. The more one’s life includes ________________________________________________________, the more it has a meaning; the less it includes __________________________________________________, the less it has a meaning. 4 Schlick goes on to suggest that the secret to the meaning of life—the key to understanding how to make one’s life more meaningful—...
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