A note from Matthew Daude Laurents

Hello, Free Minds alumni!

A few things you might want to know about the class I’m offering next semester, Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (PHIL 1301):

In this course, I will introduce you to major figures and movements in Western philosophy by examining a core problem in our tradition: the meaning of life. Along the way, we’ll study various philosophical texts, watch a film, read a novel, and think about the meaning of life.

Most people have thought about the meaning of life enough to ask What is the meaning of life? In this class, we will consider what it means to ask this question, and we’ll think through some of the answers philosophers have given. We will also consider some possibilities that might not be obvious. For instance, the question What is the meaning of life? may be a meaningless question, rather like What is the temperature of gravity? And even if this question is meaningful, might it not be the case that it has no answer because life doesn’t have a meaning?

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Registration is going on NOW for the class, and you need to contact the Free Minds office as soon as possible if you want to register. The deadline is Friday, November 18. For more information, see here.

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