Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Philosopher's Carnival 14

MelbournePhilosopher

The next Philosopher's Carnival is now up and ready, with, as always, a wide variety of posts. This includes my open question on the meaning of life, which I hope is a theme that might get taken up around the philoso-sphere in time for the next one.

However, as Philosophy, etc points out, philosophers might just get irritated by addressing such an inexpert question, or more accurately in the interaction with philosophical amateurs.

When it comes to the meaning of life, is there such a thing as an expert and an amateur? Does it make sense to say that untrained people are unable to get proper insight into their own existence, or do they get that insight simply by being alive?

Answering this question might give more bite to people who suggest that philosophy is necessary to get the most out of life, or perhaps take the wind out of their sales if one of the most primary philosophical questions could be answered equally well by anyone who happens to have a good idea.

Cheers,
-MP

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