Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley May 1, 2008 TA: Sam Shpall Essay #4
Data as Confirmation or Denial
There have been many claims made about meaning and happiness. Jonathan Haidt in his book, The Happiness Hypothesis, discusses these claims and offer
Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley March 9, 2008 TA: Sam Shpall Essay #2
Comparison of Ancient Conceptions of Meaning
Two ancient views that have been used to not only understand the meaning of life but also in how to achieve that meaning are those o
Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley April 8, 2008 TA: Sam Shpall Essay #3
Does God Exist? If so, Does that Give Us Meaning?
There have been many arguments for God's existence. However, with Pojman and Pascal, their arguments center more on the benefit
Joseph Dombrosky Professor Manley February 8, 2008 TA: Sam Shpall Essay #1
Frankl and the Meaning of Life
Viktor Frankl, author of Man's Search for Meaning, puts forth a distinctive view of the human psyche termed logotherapy. In short, logotherapy
Phil 155g: Modern Philosophy and the Meaning of Life Location: SGM 101 | Time: 12:00-1:15 MW Office Hours: 10:00-11:30 MW in STO 99 | Texts: 1. Course Reader (CR) 2. Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich 3. Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning 4.
Phil 155: lecture notes on Sartre
essence and existence in the Being-in-itself (artifacts, etc.) essence precedes and controls their existence. o for example: a paper-cutters essence (i) exists prior to it (ii) causes its existence, (iii) gives it a
Plato (~429-347 BCE)
The European philosophic tradition consists of a series of footnotes to Plato - A.N. Whitehead.
Socratic Dialogues. The indirect argumentation reflects pedagogical theory: learning is active rather than passive. The theory of fo
Mingshi Di 1
Is the Option Open?
A Discourse of the Discussion on the Meaning of Life
Ivan Ilyich, the main character in Leo Tolstoys novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich, asks the
question what does it (life) mean? upon realizing in despair that death is ap
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Thomas Hagels Ironic Approach to Life
Many people, whether philosophers or non-philosophers, feel that life is absurd because
they cling onto their lives even if they cannot find a justification for it. Instead of taking
Kierkegaard: Truth and Inwardness Life: Copenhagen, 1813-1855. A sickly young man, son of a Lutheran pastor. For a year he pursued the aesthetic life (the life of pleasure), but he found it self-defeating. He then had the opportunity to be a minister
Notes on the Death of Ivan Ilych
Chapter 1: Those left behind. Pyotr Ivanovich: the friend. He represents Ivans attitude towards death (and that of high society) He cant face death: at first Ivans death terrifies him, but then he decides death is a
Phil 155. Lecture: Introduction to Existentialism
Existentialism as a movement (19th & early 20th centuries) An artistic as well as a philosophical phenomenon (Notes from Underground, Nausea, No Exit, The Flies, The Stranger, Waiting for Godot, D
Some Arguments for the Existence of God Cosmological arguments proceed from very general facts about the cosmos. the argument from motion based on Aristotelian physics, according to which something must currently be keeping all things (e.g. the cel
Siddhartha Gautama (~ 560-480 BC) a.k.a. Shakyamuni Privileged birth: protected from all suffering The four sights: old age, sickness, death, asceticism. Becomes a hermit, pursues meditation Middle way: detachment from asceticism Realiz
Aristotle (384-322 BC): A Greek Polymath
The student of Plato and teacher of Alexander, Aristotle wrote treatises on various
topics: Philosophy (ethics, metaphysics, logic), Social sciences (political science, economics, psychology, rhetoric), Natur
Is There Such a Thing as a Teleological Suspension of the Ethical?
The ethical as such is the universal, it applies to everyone and the same thing is expressed
from another point of view by saying that it applies every instant. It reposes immanently in it