Philosophy the Meaning of Life
First Part: Write a short philosophical dialogue of 250-500 words that critically engages with the question of the meaning of life.
Your dialogue should include at least two characters (it’s not a monologue!).
At least one of the characters should be a Unit 2 author (Tolstoy, Camus, Taylor, Wolf, Cahn, or Frankl). The other character(s) could be another author and/or a random person.
At some point in the dialogue, one of the characters must raise an objection (i.e., a doubt or concern) about that author’s conception of the meaning of life and that author should respond to it.
Second Part: Write an essay of 600-900 words answering the following questions:
- How do you understand the question of the meaning of life?
- What is your chosen author(s)’s answer to the question of the meaning of life? Use evidence from the course readings to support your analysis.
Where in your dialogue does a character raise an objection to the author’s answer? What is the nature of the objection? Does the author successfully answer this objection?
- On the whole, do you agree or disagree with the author’s answer to the question of the meaning of life? Why or why not?