By Garrett Thomson
The query of life's which means is a paradigmatic philosophical query, however it is usually a really useful query with which scholars and readers can relate. at the that means OF lifestyles has major goals. the 1st goal is to discover diverse views at the which means of lifestyles via contrasting Western and japanese, existential and phenomenological, and different ways. the second one objective is to argue for particular solutions as to the character of the that means of lifestyles. The Wadsworth Philosophical subject matters sequence provides readers with concise, well timed, and insightful introductions to various conventional and modern philosophical topics. With this sequence edited through Robert Talisse of Vanderbilt collage, philosophy scholars may be in a position to observe the richness of philosophical inquiry throughout a wide range of techniques, together with hallmark philosophical topics and themes often underrepresented in mainstream philosophy publishing. Written by way of a unique checklist of students who've been famous for his or her remarkable educating talents, this sequence offers the giant sweep of latest philosophical exploration in hugely available and cheap volumes. those books will turn out precious to philosophy academics and their scholars in addition to to different readers who proportion a basic curiosity in philosophy.
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It is very easy to misstate this point. We might claim, for instance, that in all activities, the process matters more than result. 51 The Purpose of Goals However, this makes it appear like a question of balancing the two facets of action: process and results. To put the point in this way would be a mistake, because the issue is deeper. It is a matter of how we should conceive the good: the good should not be defined as an aim. The Importance of Goals None of this means that goals are not, or should not be, an important part of our lives.
245). In this chapter we have seen that the theory of evolution does exclude the possibility of there being a purpose to the process of evolution. Hardy assumes that the existence of a cosmic purpose is both necessary and sufficient for life to have meaning. Both assumptions are questionable. It is not necessary, if our lives can have meaning without there being a cosmic purpose. But, is it even sufficient? Suppose God created life and, specifically human life for a purpose, would this necessarily imply that the meaning of any one person's life would be that purpose?
Since the Absolute is everything, this spirit can have no object other than itself. Therefore, the end towards which the universe is developing is universal self-consciousness. The process by which the universe develops is dialectical. Hegel claims that concepts pass into their opposites, which generates a 'contradiction' and, as a result, there must a higher unity, which unites the thesis and antithesis without negating their difference, which he calls the synthesis. In turn this synthesis itself becomes a new thesis in a new phase of the continuing process.
On the Meaning of Life by Garrett Thomson