‘Frail worms of the earth’: philosophical reflections on the meaning of life

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)
482 Downloads (Pure)


Many philosophers in the analytic tradition have recently sought to explore the question of the meaning of life. In the first part of this paper I subject two important approaches from this tradition – those of John Cottingham and Susan Wolf - to criticism. I then suggest that Cottingham and Wolf articulate certain assumptions about the meaning of life that are widely shared amongst analytic philosophers. I go on to subject those assumptions to criticism and seek to develop an alternative approach to the question, one that is largely overlooked in the contemporary literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-71
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2016
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

Cite this