We’re More Than Just Survival Machines

/ 11 February 2013

In short, that title is the thesis for the essay I wrote as a more polished and informed answer to the first overarching question in my Philosophy of Human Nature class. A few weeks back I posted my initial thoughts to the same question: The fact that we’re the product of evolution—animals with DNA—suggests that humans’ purpose in life is to survive and reproduce. Does this perspective miss anything significant about human nature? If so, what? If not, how do you explain why survival and reproduction aren’t explicit goals for most people? Please comment here with your thoughts on this question or how I go about responding to it. I’ll read each comment and respond to them as I see fit.