Journal of Philosophy of Life

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The Meaning of Life is the Pursuit of Love

Heidi Cobham

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.11, No.1 (June 2021):144-154




What is the meaning of life? In this paper, I defend the claim that love, either in part or in full, is the answer to this question. As love occupies such an overarching and central position within human existence, I believe it plays a fundamental role in our understanding of life. In this paper, I argue that humanity can roughly be divided into three groups: theists, atheists and cosmic thinkers and that while each group holds different and often conflicting views, one belief about which they can all agree is the belief in love. This consensus helps to demonstrate that the pursuit of love is the meaning of life.

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