“I rather doubt that life has a meaning. If I thought perhaps it did, and I wanted to find out what its meaning is, I don’t imagine I’d ask someone whose credentials consist of a PhD in philosophy.” – Jerry Fodor
from an interview with Mark Vernon
which reminds me that i really must revive the bit of my site where, i prove that he speaks the truth..
For those of you who came late, I once wrote to all 643 professional philosophers in the UK, asking them almost exactly that question. A mere 30-odd wrote back. Most denied the question itself had any meaning, some blamed god, one quoted Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and I even received a death threat.
Ah yeah, I’d like to read about your mass mailing again 🙂