The Meaning of Life
In this article, we will examine The Meaning of Life. According to this philosophy, life has meaning when it is meaningful to the person who lives it. The life of an individual differs from the life of another in a number of ways. There are pro-attitudes that influence what a person considers meaningful. Common instances of meaning are: achieving a goal, getting what you want strongly, and doing something you consider important. The meaning of life is different for everyone, but influential subjectivists maintain that the relevant mental state is one of love and caring.
The field of meaning has grown over the last two decades in the anglo-American-Australasian philosophy. It is now too vibrant to cite it all, and surveys tend to focus on influential essays and recent works. The book also neglects contributions made by philosophers from other philosophical traditions and from fields outside of philosophy. The goal of this book is to introduce the reader to some of the key analytic approaches to life’s meaning. At the same time, it seeks to point out neglected areas of research.
The supernaturalist view, in contrast, emphasizes the spiritual realm as the source of meaning. Many people, including Christian believers, think that the soul is an immortal substance that exists beyond the body. When they are alive, the soul is contiguous with the body, and once it dies, it will return to live in another body on Earth. Such an extreme view makes life meaningless without the soul. The meaning of life in naturalism is a matter of personal choice, but it does not mean that humans can’t make a conscious decision for themselves.