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  1. Do You Need God for Meaning and Purpose?Gleb Tsipursky - 2016 - Essays in the Philosophy of Humanism 24 (2):167-176.
    While mainstream opinions and some scholarship suggests that we need God for a sense of meaning and purpose, this article proposes an alternative thesis. By digging into the data, it demonstrates how religious contexts provide the kind of atmosphere conducive to the development of meaning and purpose. Then, it shows that neither belief in God nor church attendance are needed for a strong sense of meaning and purpose. The article highlights how non-religious societies helped their members lead meaningful lives full (...)
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  2. Value in Very Long Lives.Preston Greene - 2017 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 14 (4):416-434.
    As things currently stand, our deaths are unavoidable and our lifespans short. It might be thought that these qualities leave room for improvement. According to a prominent line of argument in philosophy, however, this thought is mistaken. Against the idea that a longer life would be better, it is claimed that negative psychological states, such as boredom, would be unavoidable if our lives were significantly longer. Against the idea that a deathless life would be better, it is claimed that such (...)
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  3. Value in Very Long Lives.Preston Greene - forthcoming - New Content is Available for Journal of Moral Philosophy.
    _ Source: _Page Count 19 As things currently stand, our deaths are unavoidable and our lifespans short. It might be thought that these qualities leave room for improvement. According to a prominent line of argument in philosophy, however, this thought is mistaken. Against the idea that a longer life would be better, it is claimed that negative psychological states, such as boredom, would be unavoidable if our lives were significantly longer. Against the idea that a deathless life would be better, (...)
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  4. The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers.Stephen Leach & James Tartaglia (eds.) - forthcoming - Routledge.
    The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers reveals how great philosophers of the past sought to answer the question of the meaning of life. This edited collection includes thirty-five chapters which each focus on a major figure, from Confucius to Rorty, and that imaginatively engage with the topic from their perspective. This volume also contains a Postscript on the historical origins and original significance of the phrase 'the meaning of life'.
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  5. Good Fit Versus Meaning in Life.Wim de Muijnck - 2016 - Symposion: Theoretical and Applied Inquiries in Philosophy and Social Sciences 3 (3):309-324.
    Meaning in life is too important not to study systematically, but doing so is made difficult by conceptual indeterminacy. An approach to meaning that is promising but, indeed, conceptually vague is Jonathan Haidt’s ‘cross-level coherence’ account. In order to remove the vagueness, I propose a concept of ‘good fit’ that a) captures central aspects of meaning as it is discussed in the literature; b) brings the subject of meaning under the survey of the dynamicist or ‘embodied-embedded’ philosophy of cognition; and (...)
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  6. What is This Thing Called the Meaning of Life?Stewart Goetz & Joshua W. Seachris - forthcoming - London, UK: Routledge.
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  7. On the Meaning of Life.John Graham Cottingham - unknown
    The question 'What is the meaning of life?' is one of the most fascinating, oldest and most difficult questions human beings have ever posed themselves. In an increasingly secularized culture, it remains a question to which we are ineluctably and powerfully drawn. Drawing skillfully on a wealth of thinkers, writers and scientists from Augustine, Descartes, Freud and Camus, to Spinoza, Pascal, Darwin, and Wittgenstein, _On the Meaning of Life_ breathes new vitality into one of the very biggest questions.
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  8. Meaning in Life.Ian Jennings - 2016 - South African Journal of Philosophy 35 (1):121-122.
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  9. Eucharist: Meaning to Life.Gerard Mackrell - 1973 - New Blackfriars 54 (639):353-360.
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  10. On the Meaning of Life.W. L. Gildea - 1892 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1:65-77.
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  11. Is Philosophy All About the Meaning of Life?James Tartaglia - 2016 - Metaphilosophy 47 (2):283-303.
    This article defends a conception of philosophy popular outside the discipline but unpopular within it: that philosophy is unified by a concern with the meaning of life. First, it argues against exceptionalist theses according to which philosophy is unique among academic disciplines in not being united by a distinctive subject matter. It then presents a positive account, showing that the issue of the meaning of life is uniquely able to reveal unity between the practical and theoretical concerns of philosophy, while (...)
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  12. Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study, by Thaddeus Metz.Samantha Vice - 2016 - Mind 125 (497):264-269.
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  13. The Meaning of Life.David Shapiro - 2003 - Questions: Philosophy for Young People 3:2-2.
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  14. Infinity Goes Up on Trial: Must Eternal Life Be Meaningless?Timothy Chappell - unknown
    Wowbagger has a problem: how to make an infinitely long life meaningful. His answer to this problem is studiedly perverse. Presumably, part of his reason for taking on the project he does is that everyone likes a challenge—and the project of insulting everyone in the universe, in alphabetical order, is really challenging even if you’re immortal. Still, his response to the question ‘How shall I make my life meaningful?’ seems to be not so much an attempt to answer it as (...)
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  15. 3. Does Utilitarianism Ever Endorse Sacrificing Someone's Life to Make Other People Happy?David Braybrooke - 2004 - In Utilitarianism: Restorations; Repairs; Renovations. University of Toronto Press. pp. 80-100.
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  16. Man Made God: The Meaning of Life.David Pellauer (ed.) - 2002 - University of Chicago Press.
    What happens when the meaning of life based on a divine revelation no longer makes sense? Does the quest for transcendence end in the pursuit of material success and self-absorption? Luc Ferry argues that modernity and the emergence of secular humanism in Europe since the eighteenth century have not killed the search for meaning and the sacred, or even the idea of God, but rather have transformed both through a dual process: the humanization of the divine and the divinization of (...)
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  17. Meaning in Life and Why It Matters.Susan Wolf, Stephen Macedo, John Koethe, Robert M. Adams, Nomy Arpaly & Jonathan Haidt - 2010 - Princeton University Press.
    Most people, including philosophers, tend to classify human motives as falling into one of two categories: the egoistic or the altruistic, the self-interested or the moral. According to Susan Wolf, however, much of what motivates us does not comfortably fit into this scheme. Often we act neither for our own sake nor out of duty or an impersonal concern for the world. Rather, we act out of love for objects that we rightly perceive as worthy of love--and it is these (...)
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  18. The Thread of Life.Richard Wollheim - 1985 - Cambridge University Press.
    This book is based on the William James Lectures delivered at Harvard University in 1982. It offers a new approach to the philosophical understanding of a person, taking as fundamental the process of living as a person, and emphasising the continuity and development across time of an individual life.
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  19. On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life.Paul Froese - 2016 - Oxford University Press USA.
    What is your purpose in life? This simple question motivates some of our most life-altering decisions, deeply-held beliefs, and profound emotions, as well as the choices we make every single day. How we derive meaning from our existence is crucial to finding happiness, developing relationships, and building societies. In On Purpose, Paul Froese brings together data from large national and international surveys with interviews that illuminate the ways in which people from all walks of life grapple with their continuous search (...)
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  20. Meaning In Life.Garrett Thomson - 2015 - Philosophical Papers 44 (3):439-444.
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  21. Challenges of the Third Age: Meaning and Purpose in Later Life.Robert S. Weiss & Scott A. Bass (eds.) - 2004 - Oxford University Press USA.
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  22. The Death of God and the Meaning of Life.Julian Young - 2003 - Routledge.
    What is the meaning of life? In the post-modern, post-religious scientific world, this question is becoming a preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major figures in philosophy had something to say on the subject, as Julian Young so vividly illustrates in this thought-provoking book. Part One of the book presents an historical overview of philosophers from Plato to Hegel and Marx who have believed in some sort of meaning of life, either in some supposed 'other' world or (...)
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  23. The Weight of Things: Philosophy and the Good Life.Jean Kazez - 2007 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _The Weight of Things_ explores the hard questions of our daily lives, examining both classic and contemporary accounts of what it means to lead 'the good life'. Looks at the views of philosophers such as Aristotle, the Stoics, Mill, Nietzsche, and Sartre as well as contributions from other traditions, such as Buddhism Incorporates key arguments from contemporary philosophers including Peter Singer, Martha Nussbaum, Robert Nozick, John Finnis, and Susan Wolf Uses examples from biography, literature, history, movies and media, and the (...)
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  24. 10 Good Questions About Life and Death.Christopher Belshaw - 2005 - Wiley-Blackwell.
    _10 Good Questions about Life and Death_ makes us think again about some of the most important issues we ever have to face. Addresses the fundamental questions that many of us ask about life and death. Written in an engaging and straightforward style, ideal for those with no formal background in philosophy. Focuses on commonly pondered issues, such as: Is life sacred? Is it bad to die? Is there life after death? Does life have meaning? And which life is best? (...)
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  25. The Meaning of Life: A Reader.E. D. Klemke & Steven M. Cahn (eds.) - 2007 - Oxford University Press USA.
    Featuring nine new articles chosen by coeditor, Steven M. Cahn, the third edition of E. D. Klemke's The Meaning of Life offers twenty-two insightful selections that explore this fascinating topic. The essays are primarily by philosophers but also include materials from literary figures and religious thinkers. As in previous editions, the readings are organized around three themes. In Part I the articles defend the view that without faith in God, life has no meaning or purpose. In Part II the selections (...)
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  26. The Death of God and the Meaning of Life.Julian Young - 2014 - Routledge.
    What is the meaning of life? In today's secular, post-religious scientific world, this question has become a serious preoccupation. But it also has a long history: many major philosophers have thought deeply about it, as Julian Young so vividly illustrates in this thought-provoking second edition of _The Death of God and the Meaning of Life_. Three new chapters explore Søren Kierkegaard’s attempts to preserve a Christian answer to the question of the meaning of life, Karl Marx's attempt to translate this (...)
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  27. The “Why Be Moral?” Question and the Meaning of Life.Iddo Landau - 2015 - In Robert Louden & Beatrix Himmelmann (eds.), Why Be Moral? De Gruyter. pp. 159-172.
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  28. THE AXIOLOGICAL BANKRUPTCY OF LIFE.Nicolae Râmbu - 2014 - Praxis Filosófica 39 (3):197-208.
    The meaning of life is not just some ordinary old philosophical problem, butalso a practical one that, in some form, everyone wonders about. The wholemeaning of life has always been linked with belief in higher values that formthe incentive for the spiritual uplift of humanity. Even if spiritual values areillusions, they are absolutely necessary in order to give life meaning. Whenthey disappear, it causes a serious disease of the axiological consciousnessof man. The characters that are involved in the cultural stage (...)
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  29. Long Journey Home a Guide to Your Search for the Meaning of Life.Os Guinness - 2001
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  30. How to Achieve Total Enlightenment a Practical Guide to the Meaning to Life.Sam Martin - 2005
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  31. Search for Meaning Education Into Realms of Meaning in a Plural Society.Albert Ploeger & Carl Sterkens - 1998
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  32. The Meaning of Life in the World Religions.Nancy M. Martin & Joseph Runzo - 2000
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  33. In Search of Life's Meaning.Raymond Matley & Rebecca Smith - 1992
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  34. At Last We Know the Meaning of Life.Felice Renato - 1992
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  35. The Great Questions of Life.Don Cupitt - 2005
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  36. The Worth of Life: An Address.William Thomson - 1877
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  37. The Meaning of Life.William Leonard Courtney - 1914
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  38. The Meaning and Value of Life, Tr. By L.J. And W.R.B. Gibson.Rudolf Christoph Eucken & Lucy Judge Gibson - 1909
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  39. Beyond Finitude God's Transcendence and the Meaning of Life.Arjan Markus - 2004
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  40. On the Meaning of Life on the Meaning of Life.John Cottingham - 2003
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  41. Life's Purpose.Gregory Bassham - 2015 - Think 14 (39):19-25.
    Does life have meaning? Less grandly, does your life have meaning? Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of the classic Man's Search for Meaning , thought that the quest for meaning is the strongest drive humans possess. Without a clear sense of meaning, he said, we drift, lose vitality, and frequently fall into apathy, neurosis, and despair. Yet for many people today, sources of meaning are hard to find.
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  42. Reason, Worth, and Desire: An Essay on the Meaning of Life.Alan Strudler - 1982 - Dissertation, The University of Arizona
    In this essay I defend a skeptical thesis about the meaning of life: I argue that a meaningful life is impossible. I begin by examining the attempts of several philosophers to dismiss questions of the possibility of a meaningful life as either senseless or having an affirmative answer so obvious that serious philosophical scrutiny is rendered pointless. These philosophers, I argue, offer no conclusive arguments. ;I proceed to consider some skeptical arguments about the meaning of life. Although these arguments are (...)
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  43. J B. Metz: "The Emergent Church". [REVIEW]Michael J. Kerlin - 1983 - The Thomist 47 (2):308.
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  44. D. Tracy, H. Kung, & J. B. Metz : "Toward Vatican III: The Work That Needs to Be Done". [REVIEW]Thomas Weinandy - 1980 - The Thomist 44 (1):149.
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  45. Lother Ullrich, "Fragen der Schöpfungslehre, Nach Jakob Von Metz, O. P". [REVIEW]F. C. Lehner - 1967 - The Thomist 31 (4):516.
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  46. Benjamin S. Llamzon, "The Self Beyond: Toward Life's Meaning". [REVIEW]Michael Stock - 1973 - The Thomist 37 (4):791.
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  47. Terry Eagleton. The Meaning of Life: A Very Short Introduction. [REVIEW]Peter Collins - 2013 - Philosophia 41 (1).
    Terry Eagleton. The meaning of life: A very short introductionOxford: University Press, 2007, 109 pp.For a very short introduction to the meaning of life, this 109-page volume provokes much reflection upon many possible meanings of life. The topic of the book is examined from innumerable perspectives. While the author does not seem to hide his personal views, he does not manifest them as directly as the reader might wish. The meaning of life is well-written and witty; it has four chapters, (...)
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  48. The Question of the Meaning of Being.Glenn Walter Erickson - 1976 - Dissertation, Vanderbilt University
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  49. John Cottingham, On the Meaning of Life. [REVIEW]Jason Kawall - 2004 - Philosophy in Review 24 (1):22-24.
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  50. David Benatar, Better Never to Have Been: The Harm of Coming Into Existence. [REVIEW]Eike-Henner Kluge - 2008 - Philosophy in Review 28 (5):317-319.
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