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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-71
JournalRELIGIOUS STUDIES
Volume54
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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Abstract

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.

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