1. Leo Tolstoy says that when he started to study the meaning of life he found that “force was force, matter was matter, will was will, infinity was infinity, nothing was nothing, —and nothing else could come from it.” What did he mean by this? Explain the context and the significance of this sentence.
2. Sherry Turkle and Carr analyze and question the different ways in which the personal computer and our mobile computing devices are influencing and changing our behavior. Their critique focuses not only on our relationships but also on our own sense of self. The ideas of these contemporary thinkers can be related to Pascal and Kierkegaard’s ideas. Explain the arguments of these contemporary thinkers and how their ideas overlap with the thoughts of the older thinkers.
3. Quoting Bertrand Russell’s gloomy depictiPhilosophy Meaning of Life on of our place in the universe, Pojman reveals what he sees as the main problem with Bertrand Russell’s position. Bertrand Russell does not hide his own gloomy view but he thinks that he has a way to escape this gloominess. Explain his solution.
The exam should be written in double space with a minimum length of 4 pages.