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Meaning in Life
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Preface 1: Introduction: The Meaning of life Part 1: Meaning as One Part of a Good Life 2: The Concept of Meaning 3: The Bearer of Meaning 4: The Value of Meaning Part 2: Supernaturalist Theories of Meaning in Life 5: Purpose Theory I: Questioning Motivations 6: Purpose Theory II: Advancing Objections 7: Non-Purposive Supernaturalism 8: Rejecting Supernaturalism Part 3: Naturalist Theories of Meaning in Life 9: Subjectivism 10: Objectivism I: Being Attracted, Meriting Attraction, and Promoting Consequences 11: Objectivism II: Non-Consequentialism 12: Objectivism III: The Fundamentality Theory 13: Conclusion: the fine game of nil Epilogue Works Cited Index

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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.

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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 *
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 *
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 *

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