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Arguably one of the most pondered questions in philosophical thought has been What is the meaning of life Humans have been put on this earth with the knowledge of self awareness and the ability to manipulate the environments that they inhabit to a greater extent than any other species on the planet Ultimately one must wonder what purpose there is to ones own existence and define what it means for them to be Presupposing the existence of different human beings in the external world there would undoubtedly be varying opinions regarding the ultimate purpose of existence Several key thinkers in modern existentialism provide the necessary framework for establishing a so-called meaning of life Marcel Sartre Heidegger and Camus refer to the theoretical frameworks of subjectivity freedom responsibility and purpose in modern existentialism With reference to the theoretical frameworks established by these reputable thinkers one could propose an answer to the age old question What is the meaning of life That being the meaning of life is to live a good a good life The existence of the external world and other human beings Perhaps Descartes made the most powerful argument in the form of the Cogito when he stated I think therefore I am Historically the certainty of the external world has been called into question at various times in philosophical thought The whole Platonic tradition is one such example Camus carries this notion a step further by saying This heart within me I can feel and judge that it exist This world I can touch and likewise I judge that it exists There ends all my knowledge and the rest is construction Camus pg 19 Sartre elaborates on this point claiming Contrary to the philosophy of Descartes contrary to the philosophy of Kant when we say I think we are attaining to ourselves in the presence of the other and we are just as certain of the other as we are of ourselves
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