Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe

Review of Metaphysics 59 (2):459-460 (2005)

Wielenberg begins with a consideration of the claim that if God did not exist and human life ends at death, then life would have no meaning. He discusses three naturalistic accounts of how such a life can be meaningful, including the view that a meaningful life is one in which there is a “correspondence between a person’s desires and that person’s activities” ; that a meaningful life is one spent pursuing some objectively worthwhile goal ; and that a meaningful life is one filled with intrinsically valuable activities. Rejecting the first alternative, Wielenberg argues that the last two are plausible, if a naturalistic account of morality is possible.
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