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CLST 273

Why? The Quest for Meaning

"Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question," wrote Albert Camus, the Nobel Prize winning Algerian author. In this course Ancient Greek and Roman writers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Lucretius launch the exploration of that fundamental question. That exploration, the quest for meaning, hinges upon the inescapable questions that these artists and philosophers pose again and again: What is a good life? What is happiness? What is the relationship between life's worth and the meaning of life?

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits
Arts and Humanities 1 course

Fall Semester information

James Wells

273A: Why? The Quest for Meaning