What makes life meaningful? In this course traditional views are discussed as well as recent philosophical literature that defines meaning as subjective attraction to objective value. Reasons for regarding certain values as objectively worthwhile are assessed. The belief is explored that across the globe a common core of ethical values constitutes an important and fundamental source of meaning. The course also asks if deterministic causal explanations of human choices undermine any responsibility human beings might have to achieve a meaningful life. The emphasis of the course varies from instructor to instructor.
45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework including PHIL 101
|Fall 2015 onwards|