Before we can answer a question philosophically, we must understand what the question asks. What is the meaning of life? – one of the most abiding philosophical questions – is problematic from this perspective. On one view, the question asks whether there is some ultimate purpose for the universe’s existence. On another, it asks what makes for a satisfying life. A third view holds that the very question is incoherent, while a fourth holds that the question really amounts to several different questions asking, for example, why anything at all exists, or if human life has value. This course will examine in detail these competing interpretations of the question, and the arguments for and against them.
Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes: One previous PHI course, or permission of instructor.