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      Thaddeus Metz

Meaning in Life

«Meaning in Life has many good features. It is comprehensive, meticulous, and argumentative. Metz seems to have read everything anyone has ever written about the topic and has a thoughtful opinion on every claim. There is no volume that would work better as a textbook for a class on meaningfulness.»

Antti Kauppinen, Ethics
What makes a person's life meaningful? Thaddeus Metz offers a new answer to an ancient question which has recently returned to the philosophical agenda. He proceeds by examining what, if anything, all the conditions that make a life meaningful have in common. Les mer
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What makes a person's life meaningful? Thaddeus Metz offers a new answer to an ancient question which has recently returned to the philosophical agenda. He proceeds by examining what, if anything, all the conditions that make a life meaningful have in common. The outcome of this process is a philosophical theory of meaning in life. He starts by evaluating existing theories in terms of the classic triad of the good, the true, and the beautiful. He considers
whether meaning in life might be about such principles as fulfilling God's purpose, obtaining reward in an afterlife for having been virtuous, being attracted to what merits attraction, leaving the world a better place, connecting to organic unity, or transcending oneself by connecting to what is
extensive. He argues that no extant principle satisfactorily accounts for the three-fold significance of morality, enquiry, and creativity, and that the most promising theory is a fresh one according to which meaning in life is a matter of intelligence contoured toward fundamental conditions of human existence.
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Forlag: Oxford University Press
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Språk: Engelsk
ISBN: 9780199599318
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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«Meaning in Life has many good features. It is comprehensive, meticulous, and argumentative. Metz seems to have read everything anyone has ever written about the topic and has a thoughtful opinion on every claim. There is no volume that would work better as a textbook for a class on meaningfulness.»

Antti Kauppinen, Ethics

«The new account of meaningfulness he suggests in this book and the meticulous analyses he offers of previous accounts are a very significant contribution to the field. Future philosophical research on meaning in life will have to take account of his innovative and high-quality research.»

Iddo Landau, Religious Studies

«After decades of surprising neglect, the topic of life's meaning is again a central part of analytic moral philosophy. Thaddeus Metz can take much of the credit for this development and his new book is set to become the standard and indispensible reference point for the topic.»

Samantha Vice, Mind
PART 1: MEANING AS ONE PART OF A GOOD LIFE; PART 2: SUPERNATURALIST THEORIES OF MEANING IN LIFE; PART 3: NATURALIST THEORIES OF MEANING IN LIFE
Thaddeus Metz is Humanities Research Professor at the University of Johannesburg. He is the author of around one hundred professional journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopaedia entries, on a variety of topics in ethical, political, and legal philosophy.