Journal of Philosophy of Life 7 (3):391-405 (2017)

I offer a personal case-study to show how poor self-knowledge due in part to self-deception led to wasted life, a life lacking in meaning, and descent into severe anxiety and depression. A meaningful human life connects with things of value outside of itself and provides fulfilment for its bearer. For humans, fulfilment depends upon self-discovery, which requires a process of conjecture and refutation, a willingness to question and criticise received views and to welcome challenges and criticism to views that one holds dear and that may seem to be part of one’s identity. When one pursues an organised project of self-discovery, living one’s life is intertwined with drafting a philosophical autobiography.
Keywords meaning of life  self-fulfilment  self-discovery  self-deception  criticism  autobiography  Karl Popper  ad hoc manoeuvres  purpose  interpersonal connection
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