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Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World

Iddo Landau


After explaining what meaning in life is, the book moves to criticizing certain presuppositions about the meaning of life that unnecessarily lead many people to believe that their lives are meaningless. Among others, it criticizes perfectionism about meaning in life, namely, the assumption that meaningful lives must include some perfection or some rare and difficult achievements. It then responds to recurring arguments made by people who take their lives to be meaningless, such as the arguments claiming that life is meaningless because death eventually annihilates us and everything we do; what ... More

Keywords: death, existentialism, goal of life, meaning, meaningfulness, meaning in life, meaninglessness, meaning of life, perfectionism, relativism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190657666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190657666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Iddo Landau, author
Professor of Philosophy, Haifa University