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Title:
Meaning in Life and the Metaphysics of Value
Author:
Daan Evers: University of Groningen, The Netherlands
DOI:
10.3384/de-ethica.2001-8819.174327
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Abstract:
According to subjectivist views about a meaningful life, ones life is meaningful in virtue of desire satisfaction or feelings of fulfilment. Standard counterexamples consist of satisfaction found through trivial or immoral tasks. In response to such examples, many philosophers require that the tasks one is devoted to are objectively valuable, or have objectively valuable consequences. I argue that the counterexamples to subjectivism do not require objective value for meaning in life. I also consider other reasons for thinking that meaning in life requires objective value and raise doubts about their strength. Finally, I argue that beauty is not plausibly objective, but that it seems important for meaning. This puts pressure on the objectivist to explain why objectivity matters in the case of other values.
Keywords:
Meaning in life; Subjectivism; Objectivism; Beauty
Year:
2017
Volume:
4
Issue:
3
Pages:
27-44
No. of pages:
18
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2017-12-04

Volume 4, Issue: 3, Article 5, 2017

Author:
Daan Evers
Title:
Meaning in Life and the Metaphysics of Value:
DOI:
10.3384/de-ethica.2001-8819.174327
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Volume 4, Issue: 3, Article 5, 2017

Author:
Daan Evers
Title:
Meaning in Life and the Metaphysics of Value:
DOI:
10.3384/de-ethica.2001-8819.174327
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