Source and Bearer: Metz on the Pure Part-Life View of Meaning

Journal of Philosophy of Life 5 (3):1-18 (2015)
Hasko Von Kriegstein
Ryerson University
According to the pure part-life view the meaning in our lives is always borne by particular parts of our lives. The aim of this paper is to show that Thaddeus Metz’s rejection of this view is too quick. Given that meaning is a value that often depends on relational rather than intrinsic properties a pure part-life view can accommodate many of the intuitions that move Metz towards a mixed view. According to this mixed view some meaning is borne by parts of our lives and some by our lives as a whole. The arguments in this paper suggest, however, that even if a pure part-life view is to be rejected, a mixed view that incorporates a whole-life aspect is not going to be any more plausible.
Keywords Thaddeus Metz  Meaning of Life  Holism
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