What is the meaning of life? By Eugenio Trías

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What questions still have you thinking?

The ones in this interview, the general meaning of life. I have always believed in a meaning: in the most extreme circumstances, in the most difficult ones, I think there’s meaning. What happens is that we need to focus our intelligence and will, our intelligence and desires, towards that search. Knowing that a meaning is always subject to revision, to change. Philosophers and science have shown us that this frailty of meaning is also its fecundity. That a theory may be revised shows the fecundity of knowledge. Popper comes to mind, but in fact it’s an old idea.

And in this giving of meaning, are art and science equivalent?

Yes. They are, maybe, the two most powerful sources of illumination we have nowadays. When speaking of science I include technology and the forms of construction technology suggests. For example, in the field of architecture. There are bridges between art, science and technique, and the case of architecture is noteworthy. But it’s true that art, in its better manifestations, gives us meaning. I think fecundity in philosophy lies in creating bridges towards science and art, literature, music and also cinema.

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