Third International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life

June 17, 2020 - June 19, 2020
School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham

Edgbaston Park Road
Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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  • Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences, Waseda Univerity
  • John Hick Centre for Philosophy of Religion, University of Birmingham

Keynote speakers:

University of Birmingham
University of Reading
University of Sheffield


Hokkaido University
University of Pretoria
Waseda University
Tohoku University
University of Birmingham

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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 invite submissions concerning meaning in/of life as considered in the field of philosophy. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review, via Google Forms:

Deadline: 15 January 2020

Applicants will be notified of the result via email by the middle of February.


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

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

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March 1, 2020, 4:00am BST

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Waseda University

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