Research indicates that a coherent sense of meaning contributes significantly to the quality of our lives, the more so as we age. Yet if we’re unsure how to discover this sense, or which paradigms of meaning we can refer to, we might not engage with what’s truly meaningful in our lives.
Drawing on diverse sources—including the philosophy of Albert Camus, the psychologies of Viktor Frankl and James Hollis, the social- anthropological perspective of Ernest Becker and the Aristotelian virtue theory embodied in the work of Martha Nussbaum—as well as on poetry, art and mythology, this course will reflect on the big questions: Is there meaning in life? Does my life have meaning? How do we know what is meaningful? How has meaning evolved over the arc of my life?
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.