Fourth International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life: 17 to 19 January 2022

Call for Papers Fourth International Conference on Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, 17 to 19 January 2022


CfP Submission:

We invite submissions concerning meaning in/of life as considered in the field of philosophy. Please send an abstract of approximately 500 words (excluding any references), prepared for blind review, via the website for the Conference Submission page. We will begin screening abstract submissions on 1 October 2021, but there might be an opportunity for consideration after that date. Applicants will be notified of the result via email by the beginning of December 2021. You can download the CfP for distribution available here.





Nobuo Kurata, Hokkaido University, Japan

Thaddeus Metz, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Masahiro Morioka, Waseda University, Japan

Tatsuya Murayama, Tohoku University, Japan

Yujin Nagasawa, University of Birmingham


Submission of Abstracts:

We invite submissions concerning meaning in/of life as considered in the field of philosophy for the conference to be held on 17 to 19 January 2022.

Meaning in life is one of the most fundamental philosophical problems, discussed for centuries but having acquired considerable depth in English-speaking philosophy over the past 30 years. Is there any meaning in life? If so, how can we find it? Can life be meaningful if death is the ultimate end of our existence? How is meaning related to well-being and happiness? What are the moral implications of philosophical debates on meaning in life? Can life be objectively meaningful, or can it only be subjectively meaningful? What are the links between God and meaning? What do we mean by ‘meaning’ in the first place?

The aim of the conference is to address these fundamental questions from a wide range of philosophical perspectives, including both western and non-western traditions. Potential topics could include, but are not limited to: theoretical approaches to meaning in/of life; the relationship between death and meaning; anti-natalism and nihilism; procreation and extinction; spiritual, religious, and psychological implications of meaning; linguistic, metaphysical, and epistemological issues concerning meaning; meaning in applied ethics, such as bioethics, environmental ethics, and transhumanism; the roles of narrative, identity, and agency; comparative accounts of meaning in religio-philosophical traditions around the world; implications of meaning for health, well-being, or virtue.

Abstract submission deadline: 10 October 2021

Please submit abstracts on the "Fees and Registration" website. Applicants will be notified of the result via email by the beginning of December 2021.

Publication: Speakers are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Philosophy of Life to be published by the end of 2022 (or possibly early 2023).

Time for presentation: Normally 50 minutes for live presentations (roughly 20-25 minutes for talk and the rest for discussion).

Format of presentation: Online via Zoom and also Slack. Some talks will be pre-recorded, while others will be live.

Official language: English

Registration: Is registration required? Yes, please visit the "Fees and Registration" site and follow the steps.

For questions, please email Prof Thaddeus Metz: [email protected]

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