In Henk ten Have (ed.), Encyclopedia of Global Bioethics. Springer. pp. 1-6 (2015)

Authors
Thaddeus Metz
University of Pretoria
Abstract
This entry begins by indicating respects in which the concept of life’s meaning has only recently become salient in English-speaking bioethical discussions and by clarifying what talk of ‘life’s meaning’ and cognate phrases mean, at least to most of the philosophers and bioethicists who have used them. This essay then addresses six major respects in which thought about what makes a life meaningful has influenced bioethics. The first four issues concern life and death matters for human beings, and specifically involve: euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, reproductive ethics, life extension, and transhumanism. The other two topics are about respects in meaningfulness figures into somewhat ‘less vital’ medical contexts, concerning ways in which promoting health is conceived either as a way to advance meaning or as in competition with the latter value. This essay concludes by offering a brief bird’s-eye reflection on the state of the field.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on Amazon.com
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 69,089
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Human Extinction and the Value of Our Efforts.Brooke Alan Trisel - 2004 - Philosophical Forum 35 (3):371–391.
Mortal Immortals: Lucretius on Death and the Voice of Nature.Martha C. Nussbaum - 1989 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 50 (2):303-351.

View all 13 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

The Meaning of Life (Second Revised Edition).Thaddeus Metz - 2021 - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
God, the Meaning of Life, and a New Argument for Atheism.Jason Megill & Daniel Linford - 2016 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 79 (1):31-47.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ending Life, Morality, and Meaning.Jukka Varelius - 2013 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (3):559-574.
Assisted Suicide, Suffering and the Meaning of a Life.Miles Little - 1999 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 20 (3):287-298.
Meaning in Life.Thaddeus Metz - 2017 - In Benjamin Matheson & Yujin Nagasawa (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook on the Afterlife. Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 353-370.
Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study.Thaddeus Metz - 2013 - Oxford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2014-10-20

Total views
50 ( #224,651 of 2,498,993 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #421,180 of 2,498,993 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes