I updated many of my essays to create a free ebook that features my argument that there is a meaning of life (intrinsic values exist). The essays can be found on this website. It is still in the rough draft stage, but you might get something out of it. Read on to see the abstract.
This is a discussion that attempts to answer the question, “Is there a meaning of life?” This is a central moral question. If there is a meaning of life, then something “really matters” and we can find out what we ought to do. (Not everyone believes in a meaning of life. Some people are nihilists or relativists and think that value is a human creation.) I introduce the idea that the meaning of life requires “intrinsic value,” describe what it would mean for intrinsic value to exist, and argue that we have better reason to believe that intrinsic value exists than the opposite. I then defend intrinsic value from four objections.
Posts included in the ebook:
- Denying the Meaning of Life
- Mischaracterizations of “Intrinsic Value”
- What Does “Meaning of Life” Mean?
- What is Moral Realism?
- A Moral Realist Perspective
- A Moral Anti-Realist Perspective
- An Argument for Moral Realism
- Objections to Moral Realism Part 1: The Is/Ought Gap
- Objections to Moral Realism Part 2: Intuition is Unreliable
- Objections to Moral Realism art 3: Argument from Queerness
- Objections to Moral Realism Part 4: Moral Beliefs Can’t Motivate
- How to Find the Meaning of Life
- What is the Meaning of Life?
If you like this ebook, you might want to take a look at my older ebook, Contemporary Metaethics Part 1.