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„Zmysel života“ v kontexte analytického existencializmu
The term “Meaning of Life” in the context of analytical existentialism

Author(s): Miroslav Maňak
Subject(s): Ethics / Practical Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Existentialism
Published by: Teologická fakulta Trnavskej univerzity
Keywords: Objective naturalism; Human person; Supernaturalism; Meaning; Meaningfulness;

Summary/Abstract: Objective naturalism expresses that the values that confer meaning on life inhere in the substances of the physical world. They can be observed by the three transcendentals; the good, the true and the beautiful. This way accomplished values wouldn’t refer beyond the naturalistic view of the world. Supernaturalistic ones like immutability, timeless or simplicity can’t be accepted as some proper values because of their incompatibility with purposiveness. We suppose that the disposition to fulfil supernatural values is an integral part of the complexity of the human person. Therefore, we propose to distinguish between the expressions “meaning of life” and “meaningfulness of life”. The distinction is intended to ensure clarity as to the reference of the expressions. If we refer to a naturalistic conception then we are talking about meaning, and if we are supernaturalists then we are talking about meaningfulness.

  • Issue Year: 9/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 21-38
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Slovak