Life is Meaningless
Mon, Apr 06
Maybe there is nothing you can do to make your life meaningful--meaning, whatever it is, is not something we can attain. In this class, we will consider arguments for nihilism. We'll also consider how a nihilistic worldview might shape moral decision-making, especially the value we place on creating life.
By the end of class:
- You will understand two different forms of argument for nihilism.
- You will reflect on what you think meaning could be as a form of value.
- You will connect nihilist and anti-natalist arguments to debates about inter-generational morality.
Complete the following reflection questions in your GGL Journal:
- If it's true that life is ultimately meaningless, would this be reason for comfort or despair? Explain your answer, drawing on examples from your life.
- What should someone who thinks life is meaningless do about it? Should nihilists have children? Do you have to be a nihilist to be an anti-natalist?