Death and the Meaning(s) of Life
Keywords:mortality, death, meaning(s) of life
The present paper is a sequel to an earlier paper entitled “Death and the Meaning of Life,” which explored the question of the possible meaning(s) of our own mortality. The present paper continued the exploration of the (1) possible meaning(s) of the mortality and the death of individuals one loves to the survivor or survivors. In relation to that question, it explores (2) some conditions under which the survivors’ lives would retain the meaning(s) their lives possessed; and (3) some ways in which the survivors may recover, perhaps even add new meaning to their lives, after a loved one’s death. In the context of these questions the relevant views of Epicurus, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius are briefly critically discussed.
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