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Searching For A Why
As we float on the ocean of life, we may at times be faced with the unsettling question: What’s the point of it all? Psychologists put a gentler spin on it, enquiring what might be our ‘purpose’: In the short time you have, what would you like to get
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Hierarchy Of Needs
1 There are at least five sets of goals, which we may call basic needs. These are briefly physiological, safety, love, esteem, and self-actualisation. In addition, we are motivated by the desire to achieve or maintain the various conditions upon whic
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Writers’ Award
Word length up to 1500 words, the winner receives $1000 and will have their work published in the next edition of New Philosopher magazine. Award XXVIII: Climate Closes 10 September 2020 Award XXIX: Purpose Closes 10 December 2020 Email your piece
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The Characteristic Activity Of Life
Well, do the carpenter and the tanner have characteristic activities and actions, and a human being none? Has nature left him without a characteristic activity to perform!? Or, as there seem to be characteristic activities of the eye, the hand, the f
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Purpose In Life Test
Instructions: Write the number (1 to 5) next to each statement that is most true for you right now. ■
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Our Library
I was again conversing silently with my wife, or perhaps I was struggling to find the reason for my sufferings, my slow dying. In a last violent protest against the hopelessness of imminent death, I sensed my spirit piercing through the enveloping gl
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In A Hunger Artist, one of Franz Kafka’s final short stories, the eponymous artist starves himself for the amusement of crowds. In his heyday, the artist drew admiring audiences in all of Europe’s major cities. Eventually his popularity declines, and
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The Purpose Of Life
Is there a purpose to human life? Philosophers and theologians have argued the issue for millennia.The answer depends on what exactly one is asking. If the question is: “Is there an objective, universal purpose informing and directing human living?”
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What’s the purpose of prison? Combining archival footage with testimony from activists and scholars, director Ava DuVernay’s examination of the US prison system looks at how the country’s history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarcera
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A Bovine Existence
“Nature,” wrote Jeremy Bentham, “has placed mankind under the governance of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure.” Thus, for Bentham, the supreme good is to minimise pain and maximise pleasure – or, as he put it in his famous maxim, “the good is
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Living Philosophy
What is philosophy for you? An indispensable undesirable element of human life. Why is philosophy important? Because it helps to reveal what is hidden. It allows us to see the world around us with new eyes, which may first eventually lead to a c
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In 1972, the first year of the General Social Survey, fathers were over 20 per cent less likely than childless men to report being “very happy”.The happiness premium for dads steadily rose over time. By the time the 2016 survey rolled around, fathers
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Following Our Purpose
If your happiness were represented by a pie chart, about 40 per cent of your happiness, just under half the pie, consists of what you do – that is, the activities that fill up your days – suggests research on ‘sustainable happiness’ by academics Kenn
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Protests¡ What Are They Good For¿
In his 1979 article ‘Symbolic Protest and Calculated Silence’, Thomas E. Hill, Jr. asked a philosophically rich and pragmatically relevant question: Why would someone protest a serious injustice when the protest “cannot reasonably be expected to end
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Purpose Anxiety
People who possess a higher sense of purpose tend to live longer, according to a report in the February/ March 2016 Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine. Researchers reviewed 10 studies involving more than 136,000 people and eval
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Purpose /ˈpəːpəs/
1. The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists; 2. (usuallypurposes) A particular requirement or consideration, typically one that is temporary or restricted in scope or extent; 3. A person’s sense of resolve o
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Does Having A Purpose In Life Make Us Happy?
Before John Major’s government converted Britain’s erstwhile polytechnics into universities in the 1990s, higher education in Britain was strictly a two-tier affair. Universities, channelling the now-distant model of Grecian gymnasia – still snooty a
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The Myth Of Sisyphus
Belief in the meaning of life always implies a scale of values, a choice, our preferences. Belief in the absurd, according to our definitions, teaches the contrary. But this is worth examining. Knowing whether or not one can live without appeal is al
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Love’s Meaning
Scholar and critic bell hooks argues that loving someone is not a matter of how you feel. Love is something you do, on her view. It is active rather than passive: we choose to love, it’s not something that simply happens to us. hooks is inspired, in
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During an 8.5 year period of The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), only 9 per cent of the high wellbeing category died, compared to 29 per cent in the lowest category. According to Andrew Steptoe of University College London, based on res
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Wonder And Doubt
The reason I cannot really say that I positively enjoy nature is that I do not quite realise what it is that I enjoy. A work of art, on the other hand, I can grasp. I can – if I may put it this way – find that Archimedian point, and as soon as I have
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Andrés Roemer
In conversation with Zan Boag Andrés Roemer is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Social Change and the Free Flow of Knowledge. Illustration by Aida Novoa & Carlos Egan What is your demon? Imbalance. What is the most important part of your education?
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We Must Imagine Sisyphus As Having Met Camus
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On Purpose
Before we delve into your ideas about free will, I think it would be helpful to clear up a few common misconceptions people often have about what philosophers are referring to when it comes to free will. Would you mind explaining what ‘free will’ mea
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Seeking Purpose
“Have we vanquished an enemy?” the legendary English mountaineer George Mallory once asked about his perilous, and finally fatal, expeditions. “None but ourselves.” “Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No… and
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“It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance
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Jean-Paul Sartre claimed that life had no meaning; instead, it was up to us to imbue our lives with the meaning that we choose. His contemporary and friend-turned-foe, the reluctant Existentialist Albert Camus, pushed a similar line, denying that the
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What’s Philosophy For?
Once a year, my university hosts an open day for (mostly) high school students who are considering what they might like to study after graduation. Over the course of the day I’ll speak to many students – and their parents – who like the idea of study
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