"The Meaning of Human Existence" Discussion Questions

Richard Taylor
  1. According to Taylor, what two things about Sisyphus’s life make it a paradigm of meaninglessness?
  2. Does Taylor think that one’s life can be both meaningless and happy? Why or why not?
  3. What are the three characteristics that Taylor thinks are needed for a truly meaningful life?
  4. What does Taylor mean when he says that a meaningful life is a creative life? Explain what he might mean given the three criteria a meaningful life involves for Taylor.
  5. Which of the four modified nun cases is an example of a meaningful life for Taylor? Why? Describe what makes this case different from the other three cases.
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