Susan Wolf Meaning Of Life Analysis

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Susan Wolf, a professor at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, wrote Meaning in Life and Why It Matters to try to figure out why one’s life has meaning. She presents three different views to address the question of whether or not someone exhibits a meaningful life. Wolf presents what is called the fulfillment view, the larger-than-oneself view, and the bipartite view, however each view raises a problem that is sufficient enough to say that it does not answer the question presented before. As a result, she creates her own view on the meaning of life and it is called the fitting fulfillment view. It is a fairly sound argument; however, many people have tried to present an argument against it. I will also present my argument against it, and try to predict Wolf’s response to my argument. The fulfillment view on the meaning of life question is essentially, if you participate in activities that you find fulfilling, then your life is meaningful. Activities that one finds fulfilling are normally activities that they enjoy and have positive feelings toward. Doing such activities will make you happy, and one could reasonably argue that being …show more content…
The main issue that wolf presents is that there is no telling why you partake in these activities that provide independent value. They could seem like selfless acts, but you could be doing them for selfish reasons. To elaborate, the donating to a worthwhile charity example could be proven wrong if the reason behind you donating is just to seem like a generous person. The problem with the bipartite view is that it has no stipulations on why an act has independent value to you. The reason behind something having independent value may be based on the fact that other people think it has independent value, and you want to do that activity so people think fondly of you. Because there is so much ambiguity as to why something has independent value, Wolf rejects the bipartite

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