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The Meaning of Life
by Terry Eagleton
July 17, 2017 - July 20, 2017

Done

Eagleton, T. (2007). The Meaning of Life. Oxford University Press, USA.


Oxford University Press, USA, 2007. 187 pages.

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p.100
self-aggrandizing »
the act of enhancing or exaggerating one's own ...
p.95
agape »
(noun) a Greco-Christian term referring to "lov...
p.95
coterie »
(noun) an intimate and often exclusive group of...
p.95
cognoscenti »
(noun) a person who has expert knowledge in a s...
p.91
jouissance »
physical or intellectual pleasure, delight, or ...
p.100
a form of life which is completely pointless
Is jazz, then, the meaning of life? Not exactly...
p.89
the means of life become the end
As for wealth, we live in a civilization which ...
p.71
text and readers are mutually dependent
‘Constructions’ of this kind are a kind of one-...
p.59
meaning flares and fades with Beckett
It is possible to see the work of Samuel Becket...
p.53
the same melancholy course
To dig strenuously with its enormous shovel-paw...

1

Questions and answers

  • talks a lot about Wittgenstein's theories on false questions + the idea of private languages (the pain example)
  • on religion and how its decline ushered in a world where meaning was suddenly uncertain
  • on celebrity fads and the commercialisation of the search for meaning
  • on the role that sport plays in many peoples' lives
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1

Questions and answers

  • talks a lot about Wittgenstein's theories on false questions + the idea of private languages (the pain example)
  • on religion and how its decline ushered in a world where meaning was suddenly uncertain
  • on celebrity fads and the commercialisation of the search for meaning
  • on the role that sport plays in many peoples' lives
9 / 7
33

The problem of meaning

  • splits out various common definitions of meaning as either: 1) intending; 2) signifying; or 3) intending to signify, none of which work for "the meaning of life"
  • a little more on language-games (without calling them that)
  • the famous soliloquy from Macbeth (sound and fury, signifying nothing, etc)
  • Schopenhauer's views on mankind being victim to a malevolent greater power
  • Althusser on ideology being, perhaps, necessary
  • Lacan on the dichotomy between meaning and being
5 / 3
33

The problem of meaning

  • splits out various common definitions of meaning as either: 1) intending; 2) signifying; or 3) intending to signify, none of which work for "the meaning of life"
  • a little more on language-games (without calling them that)
  • the famous soliloquy from Macbeth (sound and fury, signifying nothing, etc)
  • Schopenhauer's views on mankind being victim to a malevolent greater power
  • Althusser on ideology being, perhaps, necessary
  • Lacan on the dichotomy between meaning and being
5 / 3
56

The eclipse of meaning

  • how some writers like Chekhov, Conrad, Kafka, Beckett feature a "central absence" in their work, since the societal (?) slipping away of meaning was noticeable during their lifetimes
  • on the other hand, postmodernism doesn't have the same issue, since it's not old enough to recall a time when there was meaning
  • a lot about Beckett straddling modernism and postmodernism (Eagleton seems to really like Beckett)
  • goes into what is essentially death-of-the-author stuff without referring to it by name
  • also transcedence vs facticity, though again without using those words (I guess they're old ideas)
4 / 2
56

The eclipse of meaning

  • how some writers like Chekhov, Conrad, Kafka, Beckett feature a "central absence" in their work, since the societal (?) slipping away of meaning was noticeable during their lifetimes
  • on the other hand, postmodernism doesn't have the same issue, since it's not old enough to recall a time when there was meaning
  • a lot about Beckett straddling modernism and postmodernism (Eagleton seems to really like Beckett)
  • goes into what is essentially death-of-the-author stuff without referring to it by name
  • also transcedence vs facticity, though again without using those words (I guess they're old ideas)
4 / 2
78

Is life what you make it?

on Aristotle, and inequality, and individual/common answers to the question

6 / 2
78

Is life what you make it?

on Aristotle, and inequality, and individual/common answers to the question

6 / 2