The Immortal, the Intrinsic and the Quasi Meaning of Life

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Through the examination of the lives (or afterlives) of several immortal beings, this paper defends a version of Moritz Schlick’s claim that the meaning of life is play. More precisely: a person’s life has meaning to the extent it there are things in it that the person values (1) intrinsically rather than merely instrumentally and (2) above a certain threshold of intensity. This is a subjectivist account of meaning in life. I defend subjectivism about meaning in life from common objections by understanding statements about life’s meaning in quasi-realist terms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-408
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Ethics
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Immortality
  • Instrumental
  • Intrinsic
  • Meaning of life
  • Quasi-realism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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