Between Sisyphus's Rock and a Warm and Fuzzy Place: Procreative Ethics and the Meaning of Life

In Iddo Landau (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life. New York, NY, USA: (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This paper suggests that there are three kinds of meaning: Everyday, Cosmic, and Ultimate. Everyday meaning refers to the value and significance in our everyday lives, including values such as beauty, morality, and truth, and the significance of engagement with them. Cosmic meaning refers to our meaningful role in the cosmos: to the significance and value of our cosmic niche, to the purposes of the cosmos and our place in it. Ultimate meaning is the end-regarding justifying reason, the valued end, or the point of leading a life at all. It is here argued that procreating can be a deep source of Everyday meaning, and perhaps Cosmic meaning. But nothing can provide us with Ultimate meaning. The implications this may have for procreative ethics is considered.

Links

PhilArchive

External links

  • This entry has no external links. Add one.
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Meaning and Anti-Meaning in Life.Sven Nyholm & Stephen M. Campbell - 2022 - In Iddo Landau (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life. Oxford University Press. pp. 277-91.
God and Meaning: New Essays.Joshua W. Seachris & Stewart Goetz - 2016 - New York, NY, USA: Bloomsbury.
Meaning of Life.Christoph Horn - 2019 - In Ludger Kühnhardt & Tilman Mayer (eds.), The Bonn Handbook of Globality: Volume 2. Springer Verlag. pp. 1333-1341.
The Immortal, the Intrinsic and the Quasi Meaning of Life.Mark Rowlands - 2015 - The Journal of Ethics 19 (3-4):379-408.
The Dynamics of Change in Everyday Life: Final Response.Johan von Essen - 2016 - Foundations of Science 21 (2):343-346.
The Dynamics of Change in Everyday Life: Final Response.Johan Essen - 2016 - Foundations of Science 21 (2):343-346.
Virtue and Meaning: A Neo-Aristotelian Perspective.David McPherson - 2020 - Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
The meaning of “life’s meaning”.Michael Prinzing - 2021 - Philosophers' Imprint 21 (3):1-14.
Life's purpose.Gregory Bassham - 2015 - Think 14 (39):19-25.

Analytics

Added to PP
2022-05-01

Downloads
227 (#91,487)

6 months
64 (#77,946)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Rivka Weinberg
Scripps College

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references