Have you ever asked yourself the question, "What is the meaning of life?" And what was your answer(s)? Or, were you stumped? Have no fear! This OLLI study group is coming to your rescue. We don't guarantee that the answers will satisfy, but you will at least be confused on a higher plane. In his The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction, Terry Eagleton, noted literary critic and public intellectual, tackles the question in a serious but often amusing manner. He starts by dissecting the question itself, and then reflects across the centuries of thought by philosophers and writers, ranging across Aristotle, Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Chekhov, Freud, and the Book of Job, to name but a few. When apt, we may include short excerpts from some of the thinkers and writers Eagleton references. Eagleton's prose is light and often irreverent, but also very serious and intellectually complex.
This study group will be conducted online using Zoom software. Training will be offered in advance for those unfamiliar with Zoom. It is assumed that participants are comfortable with using the video and sound capabilities of their personal choice of technology (PC, MAC, iPad, Android Tablet, etc.). This group will run for 7 weeks, starting the week of April 22. We will attack The Meaning of Life in small chunks, less that 20 pages/week, leaving plenty of time for what we expect to be wide-ranging and entertaining discussions. Each member will have the opportunity to lead the discussion for one of the seven sessions.