Michael Gorman - December 2015 Meeting Topic

Gorman – Templeton – Abstract – October 2015

I am trying to work out the connections among (a) what makes life good, (b) what gives life a purpose, and (c) what makes life satisfying. This inquiry leads me in several directions.

Sometimes it leads me into conceptual analysis: I ask, for example, what it actually means for life to “have a purpose.”

Sometimes it leads me to consider certain possible implications: I ask, for example, whether the claim that life is good because it has a purpose implies that some things must be good for a reason other than having a purpose.

Sometimes it leads me to ask questions of a theological sort: I ask, for example, whether life could be satisfying if there is no God. 

I anticipate being led still further, to the question of how how life’s goodness, purpose, and satisfyingness are related to virtue, but that part of the investigation has not yet begun.