From the meaning triad to meaning holism: Unifying life’s meaning

Human Affairs 29 (4):363-378 (2019)

Joshua Seachris
University of Notre Dame
Claims that talk of life’s meaning is misguided, unmanageable or, worse, nonsensical, are overblown. Such claims especially track the cosmically focused the meaning of life. “The meaning of life” is perfectly intelligible, and is centered on a cluster of ideas encapsulated by what I call the “meaning triad.” One component of this triad—I-MEANING—provides the hermeneutical and conceptual resources for understanding the question “What is the meaning of life?” as asking for a single thing, in contrast to amalgam and pluralist views. I will investigate the meaning triad en route to defending meaning of life holism.
Keywords Meaning  Life's Meaning  Meaning of Life  Value Theory  Sense-Making  Purpose  Significance
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DOI 10.1515/humaff-2019-0031
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