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What consists of a providential nose.

So what say you all? Are the meaning of life, and the purpose of life, one and the same, or entirely different? Or perhaps, one is to the other what the nose is to the face, or again, perhaps both are to each other as two rings poured from the same ingot?

What's in a telos, after all?


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Dec. 20th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
I think that we are always creating meaning for our lives. We plan out the next day, take up hobbies, embark on adventures, maybe invest in relationships and/or having children, maybe delve into academia, religion, politics... When I think of purpose, I imagine someone creating a larger goal, an ultimate accomplishment for her life. The whole idea of a grand Purpose of life is too much for me to swallow, since I don't even know what I want to be when I 'grow up' (I'm only 35).

Anywho, I stumbled upon this blog while trolling for blogs written by people who have some interest in philosophy. Thanks for letting me read. Watching Leonard Cohen sing and M. Nussbaum speak were the highlight of my evening.
Dec. 22nd, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment, I'm glad to have highlighted your evening a bit!

As to the question of meaning, I'm, of course, undecided as to the matter. In so far as the meaning of something is "what I mean" by something, there would be an indelibly personal character to it, wouldn't there? On the other hand, my ability to mean something by something is a reflection of my apprenticeship -- in infancy and onwards -- among others, who themselves mean for me to understand something by what they impart, and tacitly mean something by what they do. I might therefor come to understand the meaning of others, and mean something myself, and thus find meaning somewhere in between all that.

Purpose, though, would appear to be a whole other bailiwick, though not unrelated. One can say, or attempt to say, what one means by a particular purpose, after all, which can be taken as a suggestion that what we ultimately mean extends beyond our meaning in and of itself. Purpose in life could very well be construed as similar.
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