Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. 8-week course begins 9/15
Meaning IN life is different from THE meaning OF life. Meaning IN, allied to ordinary existence, is what this course will examine. Some themes: 1) the differences between “meaning” and related concepts, “happiness,” “significance,” “purpose,” “goodness”; 2) false paths like “follow your bliss,” live an “authentic” life, “make your own meaning”; 3) whether some ultimate lure toward good, i.e., a divinity, is needed as a source of motivation. Spoiler alert: everything about the course is included in two books, Charlotte’s Web and The Little Prince. Readings: A combination of philosophical and popular sources—all readings will be suggested and mostly available on the internet.
Born in Lewiston, Raymond Boisvert earned a Ph.D. and taught philosophy for over 35 years at the college level. This did not allow for doing real, nitty-gritty, down-to-earth philosophy—what this course will do.