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Theories of Life’s Meaning Essay

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Discuss and evaluate the three theories of life’s meaning:  theism, nihilism, and subjectivism.  Which theory do you find to be the most persuasive and why?

Requirements of the Paper

  • You must cite at least two academic sources (such as journal articles, books, websites, etc.).  Make sure those sources are academically reputable.  Since web addresses change constantly, you can find the website by googling its name.  Be careful of satire websites or fake news.  Some good websites include the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Philosopher’s Imprint, and the numerous electronic databases that the school library carries.  Possible outside sources include books, journal articles, magazines, databases, Websites, videos, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and almanacs.  When possible, try to cite from recent sources. Make sure you evaluate your online sources for trustworthiness and credibility.
  • Papers should either be in Microsoft Word format (.doc).  Upload to Canvas by the due date towards the end of the semester.
  • Four-to-six pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman font, 12-point, one-inch margins.
  • MLA or Chicago system of citation.
  • Include a cover page that contains the title of the paper, your name, my name, the date, and the class (e.g., PHIL 1301.710 or MW 10:10 AM). 
  • Include a short outline of the main points of your paper and include it after the title page. 
  • You are allowed to write in the first person.
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