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    Meaning of Life: Logical Fallacies and Argumentation

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    I need guidelines to evaluate this essay:
    The main conclusion for this essay IMO would be:
    The meaning of life is the lesson of life that we need to be happy, and that lesson is this:
    learn what you care about (and if you don‟t care much about anything, find something to care about and cling to it!) and devote yourself to it.

    When it comes to most important premises, I'm a bit stuck because I find that there are a lot of irrelevant premises here.

    My evaluation: Life teaches us that finding out what we really care about, and then working for those things, is what brings comfort and purpose to life.
    Also I don't know how to differentiate sub conclusion from the premises.

    Evaluating the overall quality of the argument:
    I find that some of the premises are not relevant to his main conclusion. And also his conclusion is not completely convincing. There are people that may find the meaning of to life to be something else instead of just being happy.

    Please correct me and advise me with details on how to tackle this essay.

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    Hi there; thanks for your post! I've compiled some thoughts after reading through the "argument" below. I put "argument" in quotes because, as you'll see, all he really does is find fault with interpretations that are not his own without convincingly understanding the interpretations he thinks others have, let alone arguing for his own.

    First issue: he presupposes a false interpretation of a statement to make his argument.

    Second issue: he then presupposes meanings of words can be substituted, which is only true if one buys the false interpretation of the statement in question.

    Third issue: he presupposes having a purpose can arise from someone setting that purpose, as opposed to creating one with the current circumstances.

    Fourth issue: he confuses life having a purpose with this "someone" having the same purpose *for* it.

    Fifth issue: he commits all of these things to create a "strawman" of other interpretations/answers to the question, instead of simply asserting his own interpretation of the question from the outset.

    Sixth issue: he creates a strawman out of religion, confusing the meaning of the word "the" with the ...

    Solution Summary

    The short musings of Zoltan Zot are evaluated with thoughts pertaining to the logical coherence of the argument, yielding useful points and structure for other evaluations as well.