Michael Gorman - June 2016 Working Group Meeting Topic

In this paper I explore the concept of “the meaning of life.” This phrase seems to mean different things to different people , but here I focus on just one possibility, namely, that what it means for a life to have meaning is that the life fits into some larger pattern in reality. After explaining what I mean by that, I will consider whether a life’s “having meaning” in this sense contributes to that life’s being good. I will propose that a life’s being meaningful can help it be good, but
that being meaningful might not be enough.