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Doing Valuable Time: The Present, the Future, and Meaningful Living

Cheshire Calhoun


We are evaluators. We pursue what we take to be valuable, strive to live meaningfully, judge whether our present circumstances are good enough, and have standards for what we are willing to take an interest in rather than be bored by. We are also temporally oriented beings. We anticipate particular future events, previsaging them in imagination, and we live in the present under a general sense of what the future will be like. We often imagine how the temporal unfolding of events might have proceeded otherwise. And we understand our own life’s time as something to be spent and open to our choic ... More

Keywords: meaningful life, temporality, agency, evaluator, value, emotion, time

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190851866
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190851866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheshire Calhoun, author
Professor of Philosophy, Arizona State University