Life is Meaningless

Wed, Apr 17

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.

Key Concepts: Nihilism, Anti-Natalism

Read This:

PHILOSOPHICAL TEXTS:

Confessions (selections) (Tolstoy)

Book of Ecclesiastes: chap 1,  chap2,  chap 3

OPTIONAL: "The Myth of Sisyphus" (Albert Camus)

APPLICATION ARTICLE:

"The Case for Not Being Born" (The New Yorker)

Do This:

  1. Homework: Reading Reflection Journal

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