The Third International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life

University of Birmingham
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Research
Wednesday 17th (00:01) - Friday 19th June 2020 (23:59)
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Keynote speakers

Organising institutions


  • Nobuo Kurata (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Thaddeus Metz (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
  • Masahiro Morioka (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Tatsuya Murayama (Tohoku University, Japan)
  • Yujin Nagasawa (University of Birmingham, UK)

Meaning in life is one of the most fundamental philosophical problems, discussed for centuries. 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? Is there any link between religious faith 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. Potential topics could include, but not be limited to: philosophical approaches to meaning in/of life; the relationship between death and meaning; anti-natalism and nihilism; procreation; spiritual, religious and psychological implications of meaning; metaphysical and epistemological issues concerning meaning; meaning in applied ethics, bioethics and environmental ethics; meaning in religious and philosophical traditions around the world; implications of meaning for health.

Call for papers

We have closed the call for papers. Applicants will be notified of the result via email by the middle of February.

Publication: Speakers are encouraged to submit their papers for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Philosophy of Life published in 2021.

Time for presentation

  • 40 minutes (20-25 minutes for talk and the rest for discussion).

Official language

  • English


Further details on how to register and the conference programme will be published on this page in due course.


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