A Meaningful life

Shand, John (2019). A Meaningful life. Human Affairs, 29(4) pp. 434–444.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/humaff-2019-0038


There can be no such thing as the meaningful life, but only a meaningful life for a particular life as it is lived. Thus, there are meaningful lives, which are lives that make sense and are sufficiently aligned, these two characteristics being honed successively by the limits of a particular contingent form of life, a particular individual of that form of life, and a particular time in the life of that individual. Only the form of a meaningful life may be given, which is sense and alignment, whereas its content may only be determined by the individual whose life it is.

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