David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philo 12 (1):5-23 (2009)
Even if the question, “What is the meaning of life?” is coherent, the fact remains that it is vague. Its vagueness largely centers on the use of the term “meaning.” The most prevalent strategy for addressing this vagueness is to discard the word “meaning” and reformulate the question entirely into questions such as, “What is the purpose of life?” or “What makes life valuable?” among others. This approach has philosophical merit but does not account for the intuitions and sub-questions driving the original question as plausibly as does an interpretation that I call the narrative interpretation. I will argue that the question, “What is the meaning of life?” should be understood as the request for a narrative that narrates across those elements and accompanying questions of life of greatest existential import to human beings
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
T. J. Mawson (2013). Recent Work on the Meaning of Life and Philosophy of Religion. Philosophy Compass 8 (12):1138-1146.
Similar books and articles
Kathleen O'Dwyer (forthcoming). Camus' Challenge: The Question of Suicide (Is Life Worth Living). Journal of Humanistic Psychology.
Julian Baggini (2005). What's It All About?: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life. Oxford University Press.
Brooke Alan Trisel (2007). Judging Life and Its Value. Sorites (18):60-75.
Bence Nanay (2010). Group Selection and Our Obsession with the Meaning of Life. The Monist 93 (1):76-95.
Wai-hung Wong (2008). Meaningfulness and Identities. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (2):123-148.
A. L. Herman (1991). Jivacide, Zombies and Jivanmuktas: The Meaning of Life in the Bhagavad Git. Asian Philosophy 1 (1):5 – 13.
Timothy J. Mawson (2010). Sources of Dissatisfaction with Answers to the Question of the Meaning of Life. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 2 (2):19 - 41.
Osamu Kiritani (2012). Teleology and the Meaning of Life. Journal of Mind and Behavior 33 (1-2):97-102.
Jeffrey Gordon (1997). Kurosawa's Existential Masterpiece: A Mediation on the Meaning of Life. [REVIEW] Human Studies 20 (2):137-151.
Aaron Smuts (2013). The Good Cause Account of the Meaning of Life. Southern Journal of Philosophy 51 (4):536-562.
Thaddeus Metz (2001). The Concept of a Meaningful Life. American Philosophical Quarterly 38 (2):137-153.
Martin Holmberg (1994). Narrative, Transcendence & Meaning: An Essay on the Question About the Meaning of Life. Distributor, Almqvist & Wiksell International.
Added to index2011-01-09
Total downloads81 ( #24,113 of 1,696,456 )
Recent downloads (6 months)12 ( #46,079 of 1,696,456 )
How can I increase my downloads?