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Roundtable Series: Recent Debates about the Meaning of Life

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Led by Dr. Matthew Pianalto: Recent philosophical views about the meaning of life vary in outlook and scope. Some thinkers are especially concerned about the “big picture” meaning of life: do our lives matter from a cosmic perspective? If so, how? If not, then is life absurd or a tragedy? Others are less concerned with cosmic questions and focus on what it is to live meaningfully as individuals and in community with others. Is a meaningful life different from a happy or moral life? Is meaning in life a purely subjective or personal affair, or are some ways of living more meaningful than others? We will examine recent answers to these questions and try to gain some clarity about what is at stake in asking questions about the meaning of life.

Dr. Pianalto is a professor of philosophy at EKU. He is the author of On Patience: Reclaiming a Foundational Virtue (2016) and many articles on ethical issues. He is currently writing a book on meaning in life. He will also be teaching a special topics course PHI 390: The Meaning of Life in Fall 2022 (TR 11:00-12:15).

This event will take place on Wednesday, March 9, 3:30pm-4:30pm in the Main Library, Room 208.

Although this is an in-person event, any who wish to join via zoom may contact the organizer:

Students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend. Please follow all EKU mandated health and safety protocols; masks will be required at this event.

For more information about the EKU Philosophy and Religious Studies Roundtable Series, see:

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