AP/PHIL1100 3.0 B: The Meaning of Life
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
An exploration of a number of fundamental practical philosophical questions, including: What is the meaning of (my) life? What is happiness, and how can I achieve it? What is wisdom? What is death, and what does it mean to me?
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- Explore various questions around the meaning of life
- Examine conceptions of meaningful human lives
- Examine nihilist challenges to the very idea that life can be meaningful
- Examine the ways in which life and death socially construct meaning, and the possibility of establishing meaning in the face of dehumanization.
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Short Paper: 15%
Mid-term Test: 20%
The course will have two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial. Students will be expected to do the readings and engage with them in tutorial. There will be two papers and two tests.
To be familiar with a number of the philosophical discussions surrounding the meaning of life. To develop skills in textual engagement and critical thinking. To be able to engage in critical discourse with one’s peers.
- Academic Honesty
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Religious Observance
- Grading Scheme and Feedback
- 20% Rule
No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.
- Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities