The Meaning Of Life

To wonder too openly, or intensely, about the meaning of life can seem a peculiar, ill-fated and even a faintly ridiculous pastime. Surely this is not something we ordinary mortals should be doing or that will get us very far.

In truth, the subject is for everyone; it is for all of us to wonder about, and define, a meaningful existence. A meaningful life can be simple in structure, personal, usable, attractive and familiar. A meaningful life is close to, but at points importantly different from, a happy life.

This class guides us towards the ingredients of such a life:

  • A meaningful life draws upon, and exercises, a range of our higher capacities; those bound up with tenderness, care, connection, self-understanding, sympathy, intelligence and creativity.
  • A meaningful life aims not so much at day-to-day contentment as at fulfilment. We may be leading a meaningful life and yet often find ourselves in a bad mood. Conversely, we may be having frequent surface fun while living, for the most part, meaninglessly.
  • Whereas pleasure manifests itself immediately, our taste in meaning may be more elusive.

We cannot rely upon others to determine what will be meaningful to us. The question of what makes life meaningful has to be answered personally, even if our conclusions are not particularly idiosyncratic. What we call ‘crises of meaning’ are generally moments where others’ visions of what is meaningful for us run up against our own tastes and interests. We have to work out, through a process of experience and introspection, what counts as meaningful in our eyes.

The class shows that we can turn the pursuit of a meaningful life from a quixotic impossibility to something at which we can all succeed.

TIMETABLE

6.15 pm     Drinks & welcome in our classroom
6.30 pm     Class begins (short break included)
9.30 pm     Class finishes 
 

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'There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.'

― Anaïs Nin

Facilitator

Tim med
Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award for his writing on philosophy in New PhilosopherAcuity MagazineCosmos, ABC's The Drum and on Channel 10's The Project

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The Meaning Of Life

$80

What:
Class
When and where:
  • Tue 8 Oct 2019 6.30pm – 9.30pm
    Spaces: Ground Floor/111 Flinders St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Class starts at 6.30pm sharp and runs for three hours including a short break. Drinks and nibbles from 6.15pm.

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Ticketing:

Full price: $80
Concession: $60
+ booking fee 

Concessions:
Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current Student Cards.

Refunds:
Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 10 days cancellation notice before the original class date. If you require a refund please contact us as per below. 

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