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Episode 23: Meaning of Life in Death

Episode 23: Meaning of Life in Death

We continue our discussion of the course “The Meaning of Life” and with the theme of death in a lecture on Tolstoy’s the Death of Ivan Ilyich. Tolstoy shows us that instead of confronting death and reflecting on whether we are living as we should, we are preoccupied with everyday matters that are trivial in the end. This message resonated strongly with us. We also touch on John Stuart Mill’s emphasis on liberty and self-expression and Immanuel Kant’s idea of advancing knowledge for a meaningful life. We end this episode on a personal note with Kristen recommitting to a meditation practice and schooling Ally on some new exercise ideas to get her out of her lethargic state.


The Meaning of Life: Perspective’s from the World’s Great Intellectual Traditions, the Great Courses

The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy

John Stuart Mill

Immanuel Kant

Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard podcast



Featured Image: Kallmünz, RegentagWassily Kandinsky,1903


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