Kieran Setiya - Meaning and Absurdity

It is a cliche about philosophers that they ponder the meaning of life. Except they don’t! In recent philosophy, the question of life’s meaning is usually dismissed as nonsense; and for most earlier philosophers, the question doesn’t arise. In this talk, I’ll use the surprisingly recent origins of “the meaning of life” to argue that the question of life’s meaning does make sense. I’ll relate this question to the problem of life’s absurdity, explaining how it could have a positive answer—even if there is no God—and how the answer depends on us. 

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Meeting ID: 862 8217 5339
Passcode: unrphil

Thursday, October 14 at 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Virtual Event