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Iddo Landau (University of Haifa) - Value, Intelligibility, and Meaning in Life

Iddo Landau
Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 3:30 pm – 5:10 pm


Most modern analytic discussions have taken value to determine meaning in life (the meaning of individual lives) and meaning of life (the meaning of the existence of life in general, or of humanity). Recently, however, it has been argued that intelligibility, rather than value, determines meaning. In this paper I examine three intelligibility accounts of meaning in/of life and explain why I think that they should not be accepted. To do so, I also discuss the relation between meaning and morality, the relation between meaning in life and objective well-being, and the relation between meaning in life and meaning of life.