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Mening och moral: - Är minimal moralisk anständighet nödvändigt för ett meningsfullt liv?
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, I argue for the hypothesis that a minimal moral decency is in fact a criterion for livinga meaningful life. To argue that point I present four different arguments about the relation between morality and a meaningful life. These four arguments are grounded in different forms of theories that discuss the concept and conceptions of meaning and a meaningful life. The four arguments are built on the philosophies of: John Cottingham, Laurence Thomas, Susan Wolf and Thaddeus Metz. Two of the arguments are in favor of morality being a criterion for a meaningful life while the other two are against it. The most powerful argument against morality being a part of a meaningful life is built on Metz fundamentality theory which is presented last in the thesis. When we look closer upon Metz description of anti-matter, which can be considered to be the opposite of meaning, come to the conclusion that when avoiding certain anti-matter we live lives with a minimal form of moral decency. The conclusion of this thesis is that a minimal moral decency is in fact a criterion for a meaningful life.

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2017. , p. 33
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-140405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-140405DiVA, id: diva2:1148170
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