The Meaning of Life

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June 30 - July 1, 2018


Join us for this Weekend Retreat where we will discuss the meaning of life. Surely few things are more important than the meaning in our lives. We will draw on classic and contemporary philosophers as we have discussions in some of Sedona’s most beautiful spaces.

Stay with us at Sedona’s gems. Registration includes course materials, admission and two lunches at Red Rock State Park, three guided hikes with lessons and discussions at Red Rock State Park, as well as a lovely Saturday evening wine and cheese reception.

The "answer to the question of the meaning of life" according to the stupendous super computer, Deep Thought, from the movie based on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:


What is the Meaning of Life?

In this retreat we will discuss the perennial philosophical question: what is the meaning of life? In Douglas Adams’ comic science fiction novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a "stupendous supercomputer" solves the question with the seemingly simple answer with the number 42, raising the question of whether we really understand the question to begin with.

Some may laugh at the question of the meaning of life because it seems unanswerable. But the meaning of life is one of the most important questions to understand if we are to be happy and successful. The meaning of life is directly connected to other key questions we will consider: Why am I here? What is true? What can I know? And, how should I behave?

In this course we will examine and evaluate famous philosophical attempts to answer these questions. You will come to know the ideas of Socrates, Aristotle, Diogenes of Sinope,  the Stoics, Epicurus, Voltaire, Schopenhauer, and Camus. You may be surprised to find some of their views seem remarkably up to date. You will learn new strategies for thinking about the nature of philosophical inquiry, truth, subjectivity, objectivity, and become acquainted with different worldviews, including pessimism, optimism, and realism. Best of all, you will have fun doing it in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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