Fifth International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life

June 28, 2023 - June 30, 2023

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State University of New York at Binghamton
University of Witwatersrand
Georgia State University
University of Tehran
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Loyola University, New Orleans
KU Leuven
University of California, Santa Barbara
Pontifical Lateran University
Keele University
Rutgers University - Newark
Singapore Management University
University of Liverpool
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Hokkaido University
National Taiwan University
University of Haifa
Keele University
New York University
University of Pretoria
Carleton University
University of Bern
Cornell University (PhD)
American University of Beirut
Lone Star College
Waseda University
University of St. Thomas, Texas
University of Calgary
Eastern Kentucky University
University of Sheffield
University of Edinburgh
University of Haifa
Northeastern University
Keio University
Saint Anselm College
London School of Economics
University of British Columbia
Stanford University


Hokkaido University
Waseda University
Tohoku University

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Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japan


·       Kiki Berk, Southern New Hampshire University

·       Nobuo Kurata, Hokkaido University

·       Iddo Landau, University of Haifa

·       Thaddeus Metz, University of Pretoria

·       Masahiro Morioka, Waseda University

·       Tatsuya Murayama, Tohoku University

·       Yujin Nagasawa, University of Birmingham

·       Rivka Weinberg, Scripps College

Keynote speakers:

Frances Kamm, Rutgers University

Other Keynotes to be confirmed


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.

Publication: Speakers are encouraged to submit their papers in a special issue of the Journal of Philosophy of Life. The submission deadline is 31 October 2023. The publication will be in the first half of 2024.

Time for presentation: 50 minutes for live presentations (roughly 30 minutes for talk and 20 minutes for Q&A).

Format of presentation:  Online via Zoom and also Slack. Some talks will be pre-recorded, while others will be live. All times are according to GMT 0.

Official language: English

Registration: Will conference registration be required? Yes: register here:

For questions, please email: [email protected]

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June 30, 2023, 9:00pm JST

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