Lecture Notes for PHIL 3600 - PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION with Heathwood at Colorado (CU)

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University:University of Colorado - Boulder
  • Particularly
  • Peter Singer
  • Rational Person
  • Circumstances
  • Immediately
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • (to/for) Him/it
  • Another View
  • Common Purpose
  • Living Will
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GOD AND THE MEANING OF LIFE Erik Wielenberg (from his Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe (Cambridge, 2005); footnotes omitted) 1. The Meanings of Life It is often maintained that if God does not exist then human life is meaningless. There are a number of ways one might understand this claim, depending on how one understands what it is for a human life to have meaning. Under one interpretation, for a human life to have meaning is for it to have a purpose that is assigned to it by a supernatural being. When a life has meaning in this sense we can say that it has supernatural meaning. Socrates apparently believed that his life had supernatural meaning, and he speculated about what the purpose of his life might be during his famous trial: [I]f you put me to death, you will not easily find another who. . .clings to the state as a sort of gadfly to a horse that is well--bred and sluggish because of its size, so that it needs to be aroused. It seems to me that the god has attache...

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