Pondering life's big questions is the activity of choice in As You Like It, where debating about philosophical points of view seems like an Olympic sport. (What else are characters supposed to do with their time in the Forest of Arden? Herd sheep? Not likely.) Just about everyone in As You Like It has an opinion about the nature of life, love, the passage of time, etc. Yet, the play never offers up any definitive answers to the big questions it raises. Instead, Shakespeare offers up multiple points of view and invites the audience to decide for themselves.
Philosophy is a necessary balance to all the foolishness in As You Like It. Philosophy saves the play from being reduced to a fluffy, meaningless piece while still allowing it to have fun.
As You Like It offers multiple and incompatible philosophical points of view on the nature of life.