Date: 25th September 2018

Speaker: Professor Rebecca Newberger Goldstein


Philosophers and non-philosophers alike often pose the question of life’s meaning.  What kind of question is this?  Professor Rebecca Goldstein argues that it is a confused question.  She proposes that, instead of the concept of meaning, we speak of mattering, a term that applies both to things—we speak of what matters – and to people – we speak of who matters. Substituting in the concept of mattering for meaning quite transforms the original question. Do our lives matter? Do some lives matter more than others? Is there something we must do, something we must become, in order to matter?

Here is a recent interview that Professor Goldstein did on this subject:

This talk was compulsory for those taking Applied Ethics, but all students were welcome.