Thursday, March 17, 2011

Lifes Meaning

"The pan rationalist fantasy of demonstrating- from the ground up- how we have most reason to live is incoherent and must be abandoned. It is not the factual question about caring that misses the point, but the normative one. If we are to resolve our difficulties and hesitations in searching upon a way to live, what we need most fundamentally is not reasons or proofs. It is clarity and confidence. Coping with our troubled and restless uncertainty about how to live does not require us to discover what way of living can be justified by definitive argument. Rather it requires us simply to understand what it is that we ourselves really care about, and to be decisively and robustly confident in caring about it."

American Philosopher Harry Frankfurt in "The Reasons of Love"