AP/PHIL1100 3.0 B: The Meaning of Life

Offered by: PHIL


Fall 2019






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?

Course Website

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    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Josh Paul


Office Location:  S441 Ross Building

Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 Ext. 77592

Office Hours:  Monday & Wednesday 2:30 – 3:30 and by appointment

    Expanded Course Description
  • 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.
    Required Course Text / Readings

Available on the Moodle Site

    Weighting of Course

Participation: 10%

Short Paper: 15%

Mid-term Test: 20%

Essay: 25%

Final: 30%

    Organization of the Course

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.

    Course Learning Objectives

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.

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