Re: The Quest for the Purpose of Life

Date: Wed Jan 23 2002 - 10:04:38 MST

"Chen Yixiong, Eric" wrote:
> Topic Question: "What is the meaning/purpose
> of life?"

Chen -- the best discussion of that difficult and ill-formed question is by philosopher Robert Nozick in his book Philosophical Explanations. I recommend it. Nozick doesn't pretend that he has *the* answer. In keeping with the approach of that book, he explores the variety of possible meanings.

I find that Nozick's approach is more enlightening and stimulating of thought than either the "this is the answer" approach, or Damien's "this is a meaningless question" approach. (Damien has a point, but exploring the possible interpretations of the question can be productive.)



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