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Fundamentality and Extradimensional Final Value

David Matheson

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.5, No.3 (October 2015):19-32



I argue that life’s meaning is not only a distinct, gradational final value of individual lives, but also an “extradimensional” final value: the realization of meaning in life brings final value along an additional evaluative dimension, much as the realization of depth in solids or width in plane geometric figures brings magnitude along an additional spatial dimension. I go on to consider the extent to which Metz’s (2013) fundamentality theory respects the principle that life’s meaning is an extradimensional final value, and consequently suggest that the theory may stand in need of further refinement and supplementation.

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