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Why do humans make infants? [closed]

Considering that humans are the most intelligent species on earth, why do humans make infants? I cannot understand the reason why humans make infants, when humans can't predict whether the ...
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How does regret work for the people who have lost their memories, by accident or some other reasons? [closed]

The person who has lost his or her memories will have no regrets, then how would he learn the lessons of life? I have asked the same question in Psychology and Neuroscience SE as well. What I am ...
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How does free will give life “meaning”?

Many people have suggested that if we don’t have free will, then life is essentially meaningless because everything we’ve ever thought or done has already been determined. I’m not sure why determinism ...
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What's the meaning of the meaning of life? [closed]

Let's say that the meaning of life is X (avoiding evil, fulfilling our desires, obeying God, fleeing the pain of the fear of the death, collecting turtles – anything). What is the meaning of X? Even ...
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Why does striving to achieve my goals make me suffer so?

I am continually confused by my desires. Normally I love being alone, watching movies and eating snacks--just living life. But I don't know what devil has possessed me to desire more, to achieve more, ...
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What does love mean in the true sense?

I feel love is not just about enjoying each other's company. It's more about caring for the other person and always longing to see them happy. But in this endeavour to see them happy, we tend to get ...
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Can we explain the meaning of life with an infinite regress? [duplicate]

I thought about a way to define the meaning of life, and I came up with this recursive definition: "the meaning of life is to find what the meaning of life is" My question is: can this definition/...
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How one should live a peaceful life knowing this fact that there is no meaning of life? [closed]

So I am going through philosophical path and I think I am deep into it now days , That old question "What is the purpose of living when we are going to die one day" was eating my mind but Then I found ...
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How can i become obsessed with some meaning to life that i find rational? [closed]

-Background: I see something for example like living for others or trying to change the world (in a non-violent way) is an genuine meaning to life,however i'm not obsessed with these meanings that i ...
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Introspection to look for what I'm missing [closed]

I'm new in this area and I would like to ask some questions about introspection. About me I'm 22 years old. I'm bachelor in computer science. I live with my parents, I'm the only child, I work for ...
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How to measure the success of a human? [closed]

Okay so media portrays "naive" views on successful people: money, power, good looks. However, in a more holistic way, what features ought to define the success of a human as an animal? I would say ...
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How can a meaningless life be sufficiently good in other ways such that its (objective) quality's not unusually bad?

Source: The Human Predicament: A Candid Guide to Life's Biggest Questions (1 edn, 2017). p. 20 Top.   There is sometimes also thought to be a connection between meaning and the quality of life. ...
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If we forget why do we acquire knowledge which by the way gets outdated?

We learn then we forget. It might seem to be a waste of precious time subtracted from life. Some time ago I started to write every day two things (yes, only two) I learn every day. One column for ...
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Is it sure that there is always room to improve ourselves?

There is always something that is stuck in my mind. I am afraid that one day... I mean what if one day, we know everything and did everything to improve ourselves and there is no more room for ...
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Is our “meaning of life” fundamentally different from that of other animals?

Whatever the "meaning of life" may be (I interpret "meaning" as "purpose" here) is for us, Homo Sapiens, do we assume the "meaning of life" for humans differs fundamentally from the "meaning of life" ...
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How can a Gestapo officer 'have a meaningful but immoral life'?

Source: What's It All About?. (2007 1 ed.) p. 176 Top - Middle  Although I have drawn on Sartre in this book, I have not claimed that authenticity is the only or even the most important virtue ...
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Why is everyone seeking satisfaction?

Is it just me, or why is everyone seeking some kind of personal notion of satisfaction? It seems to be a better life mentality to relish in the cold reality of accepting the inevitable pains of life. ...
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If all of us gonna die one day why should we care?

We are taught cum preached to care for other's feelings and emotions. We must exercise certain deeds hailed in holy texts. Why such things matters when we all will die one day?
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Classifications of life purposes

Can all life purposes be classified as a mixture of some of the following four areas? Hedonism Making an impact in your physical reality Fulfilling the plan/desire of some supernatural entity (or ...
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Is good the absence of evil or is it the other way round?

Is good the absence of evil or is evil the absence of good?What do religions tell us?
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if god is there why is there suffering? [closed]

Whenever I look around myself and see suffering I feel god cannot be real.If god is real then why is there so much suffering and poverty?
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What analytic philosophy books on the meaning of life are there?

Because almost every book on meaning of life is in continental philosophy or religious.
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Why do we associate youth with life, and old with death? [closed]

Also youth is optimistic, but childishness is condoned? Age and experienced should make one wiser and be able to take advantage of life yet it's youth (whom has not really lived yet) that we ...
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Why do we search for a meaning in life

Why do we search for a meaning in life? I assume that religion arose because of the desire to give meaning to life. Maybe this prerequisite is already wrong ;) Since we do not know what is the ...
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What is the meaning of sadness?

What does it mean to be sad? It just occurred to me that this is the (pseudo?) existential question that is making me sad.
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What do atheists believe in? (in layman terms)

Issue I travel quite a bit and am often asked about my religious beliefs. I am atheist. I found it hard for some religious (or spiritual) people (whatever religion) to accept the concept of atheism ...
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When is happiness enough?

I think we'd agree happiness is not always the summum bonum. We can each, I think, imagine a very evil person who is happy in their evil, but is living badly. Perhaps likewise, a very good person, who ...
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Attitudes towards life or philosophies of life [closed]

I've discovered two subsets of the set of all people. I do they think are well defined, meaning that every element in the set of all people can be categorised as belonging to either one of the two ...
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Why argues Wittgenstein:if someone has solved the problem of life, and believes everything quite easy now, he can see that he is wrong?

Source: The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction (1 ed 2007) by T. Eagleton. p. 50 Middle - p. 51 Top. We can always ask, after all, why someone should want to know the meaning of life. Are ...
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What meant Gilbert Ryle by ‘nothing chatters’?

Source: The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction (1 ed 2007) by T. Eagleton. p. 26 Top. The sham swamis and phoney sages of our time stand in for various more conventional gods who have ...
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Can Nietzsche's “will to power” make a person's life meaningful?

People seem to find some sort of "meaning" in Nietzsche. My question is, more specifically, can someone's "will to power" make their life meaningful, according to him? Does Nietzsche address anywhere ...
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What is the meaning in our existence? [closed]

So I dont know why but I am starting to get these questions in mind..let's see..where to start.. So at first I think it started from me thinking about life and death...you get born into this world, ...
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What types of arguments convert nihilists to existentialists?

I will not pretend this question does not have personal significance to me, but that need not to be overly elaborated. By studying cases in which existentialists attempt to give advice to nihilists (...
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Why some people are boring and some are interesting? [closed]

Why we basically group people into interesting and boring (or any other), can anyone share some of their experiences related to this?
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Various Philosopher's Perspective on the Meaning or Purpose of Life

I'm teaching a high-school philosophy club at the school I work at, but the problem is that I haven't had any real formal education in philosophy and have only a novice knowledge of the subject, which ...
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What do Nietzsche's bogeymen say about the meaning of life?

What do Nietzsche's bogeymen say about the meaning of life? Specifically, is it characteristic of his "last men" to be unconcerned whether their happiness is meaningful, or even embrace the ...
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According to Kant, What is the Purpose of Human Existence?

After reading Kant's Idea For a Universal History, I've become intrigued by Kant's notion of Nature guiding the dealings of men towards a "perfectly rightful civil constitution." Although the ...
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Could I please request an introduction to philosophy of pessimism?

Everything from essential texts, interpretations of the absurd, eternal return, interpretations of suicide and religion, and it's influence on the arts. And, I know I am asking a lot, but I'd like to ...
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Absurdists/Nihilists/Existentialists take on as to why there is no intrinsic meaning to life

So, I just got into absurdism (formally-as a "branch" in philosophy, though I had been thinking in similar terms for a longer period now), and currently am reading "The Myth of Sysiphus" by Albert ...
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Was Marx an existentialist?

Obviously someone like Marcuse is often lumped under both 'Marxism' and 'existentialism'. What about Marx? I ask myself a lot how there can be any meaning to life when death is inevitable and ...
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In laymen terms, What is the meaning of 'meaning' in the the question “is there meaning to life”

Every now and then people talk about whether there is meaning to life, including myself. However recently I have realised I have assumed the definition. My understanding of it is that it is asking ...
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Is happiness the coherence of belief and feeling?

I was thinking about addiction; I've enjoyed smoking for far too long. Seems to me that the "pleasure" of smoking actually has two aspects: the feeling; and the belief that you're doing the right ...
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Is consciousness the base definition of living?

Humanity is at the advent of making self-aware and hence conscious Artificial Intelligence. What is the limit when we stop calling these "Artificial"? When does a machine take the title of "Living"? ...
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Why human die, what is the meaning of life? [closed]

I want to know, why human die? What is the meaning of life? I could die tomorrow. What's the meaning of all these things?
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Criticisms on Absurdism

Camus' idea to keep the absurd alive by accepting our innate desire for meaning and even pursuing and yet not giving into hope of ever reaching a meaning to life, what he calls the revolt against the ...
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If all life will be annihilated, then why does anything matter?

Source: pp 95 and 101, What Does It All Mean? A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy (1987) by Prof. Thomas Nagel. This question assumes 2 below; if 2 is false, then I can understand that 1 is false. ...
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Can a life have a trivial meaning if it's all there is?

I was thinking about (something like) Nagel's view from nowhere When one takes up this most external standpoint and views one's finite—and even downright puny—impact on the world, little of one's ...
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Have philosophers attributed an intrinsic value to life?

I want to know if philosophers have attributed intrinsic value to being alive. What I mean by this is, does being alive, whether a bug or a human, or a plant itself have meaning just simply by "...
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What is the philosophical doctrine that most closely corresponds to the listed positions? [closed]

I would like to ask for a possible classification of the following philosophical positions: Everything is a simple result of natural occurances and as such lacks any objective value. Even if a god ...
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Is 'meaning of life' a recent topic in philosophy?

Thaddeus Metz states in 'Meaning in Life' (2014) that: And a thorough search by professional philosophers has not been undertaken long at all, having begun in earnest only in the 1980s or so. ...