Category: meaning of life

  • David Harvey

    From: David Harvey Date: 16 Oct 2003, 13:13:11 Subject: The Meaning of Life? Caspar, In common with at least one other respondent, I now understand why a free copy of the New Humanist arrived on my doormat, so thanks for that. In exception to at least one other of your respondent’s, I do not accept…

  • Max Steuer

    From: Steuer, M Date: 15 Oct 2003, 17:40:28 Subject: Life’s Meaning Dear Caspar I’m an economist, not a philosopher. But it is not for that reason only that I wonder if philosophers are either particularly privileged or interested in the question of the meaning of life. In my view, words and other symbols mean something,…

  • Norman Geras

    From: Norman Geras Sent: Sat Oct 11 18:23:18 2003 Subject: your letter Dear Caspar Addyman Thank you for your letter of 1 October. On my weblog which you can find here: † http://www.normangeras.blogspot.com/ † I offer daily reflections on this and that. You might even call them meditations. Please feel free to visit it and†sample…

  • Michael Proudfoot

    By post: Dear Mr Addyman, As you suggest, I receive a considerable number of unsolicited letters from members of the public, of varying degrees of sanity. I would recommend to you a book by one of my colleagues, here at Reading, John Cottingham. The book is appropriately titled ‘The Meaning of Life’: it is available…

  • Jonathan Gorman

    By Post J.L Gorman Some Astonishing Things – Metaphilosophy, vol. 22, 1991 pp. 28-40 Extract: I I believe that, when each of us reflect on the nature of the particular individual person we happen to be, we do so in the light of certain beliefs, puzzles, speculations and feelings. These beliefs, puzzles, speculations and feelings…

  • normblog – the blog of norm geras

    before 2003 http://normangeras.blogspot.com 2003 onwards.. http://normblog.typepad.com/normblog/

  • Christopher Norris

    By post: Here’s what I think [or thought five years ago] about this, that and the other. Hope it’s of interest. Pretexts: literary and cultural studies, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1999 http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/archive/c-archive/psw-con.html CRITICAL RESOURCES Points of Intervention: Interview with Christopher Norris Tetsuji Yamamoto Extract: TY: Which philosopher do you like the best? CN: Well, I…

  • Stephen Butterfill

    From: Stephen Butterfill Date: Thu Oct 9, 2003 7:33:25 pm Europe/London Subject: your letter about the meaning of life … Hi Caspar (if I may), Thanks for your letter of 1st October. I’m studying questions about belief and action such as “How do changes in our environment or situation lead to changes in our views…

  • The Meaning of Life – Dan Merrill

    Dan Merrill Metaphysics Final Paper Before a philosopher even attempts to ask or answer a question, he must first define the terms he is using. Even if these terms can be satisfactorily defined, the question itself must be questioned. It is possible that in defining his terms the philosopher will realize that the question is…

  • Nagel’s Meaning – Robert Bass

    According to Thomas Nagel, the fact that gives rise to questions about the meaning of life is bound up with the possibility of occupying a detached perspective upon the world and upon ourselves, viewing them “from nowhere.” It is only because we are capable of taking up or adopting this viewpoint or perspective that we…

  • Derek Parfitt

    From: Derek Parfit Date: 09 Oct 2003, 12:52:21 Subject: (no subject) Dear Caspar Addyman, As it happens, I have written a paper which could be broadly said to be about the meaning of life and the universe. You may have seen this already, but I enclose it as an attachment in two formats. There’s nothing…

  • Michael Rush

    From: Michael Rush Date: 08 Oct 2003, 20:03:53 Subject: a philosopher writes… Dear Caspar, I find myself all too infrequently pestered by self-confessed cranks and lunatics; your honesty is refreshing. Or it was, and then I looked at your website and discovered that the claim of lunacy was just a subterfuge. Still, never mind. I…

  • What eminent people have had to say about the meaning of life

    Two-hundred and thirty-eight quotations from 195 eminent people regarding their beliefs about the meaning of life were content analyzed. The main themes (in order of their frequency) are as follows: “Life is to be enjoyed,” “We are here to love and help others,” “It is a mystery,” “There is no cosmic meaning,” “We are here…

  • Harry Lesser

    From: Anthony H Lesser Date: Tue 07 Oct 2003, 13:38:46 Subject: the meaning of life I don’t think anyone has the answer to this or claims to–as no doubt you know. Nor have philosophers normally tried–philosophy is normally about the more modest questions of what we can know and what we ought to do, and…

  • Tim Chappell

    From: Timothy Chappell Date: Tue 07 Oct 2003, 13:33:45 Subject: the meaning of life Dear Mr Addyman, For the meaning of life, see the attachment. Best wishes, Tim Chappell Three questions to begin with.doc