Oct 31, 2020  
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017 - 2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PHIL 205 - Meaning in Life

Fall and Spring (3) Staff (College 200, ALV, GER 7)

We spend an extraordinary amount of energy in our lives chasing something that we call “meaning”: we seek out meaningful work, meaningful experiences, meaningful relationships, and we want, on the whole, to live meaningful lives. But what makes any of these things “meaningful” in the intended sense? In this class, we will explore this and related questions, focusing on how philosophy can help us articulate and understand the nature and value of meaning in life.  We will also draw upon the resources of social sciences to explore the fragility of meaning in life and the traits of character that might allow us to weather crises of meaning with equanimity and grace. (This course is anchored in the ALV domain, and also considers aspects of the CSI domain.)