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Eliminating ‘life worth living’

Fumagalli, Roberto (2017) Eliminating ‘life worth living’. Philosophical Studies, 175 (3). pp. 769-792. ISSN 0031-8116

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11098-017-0892-7


This article argues for the elimination of the concept of life worth living from philosophical vocabulary on three complementary grounds. First, the basic components of this concept suffer from multiple ambiguities, which hamper attempts to ground informative evaluative and classificatory judgments about the worth of life. Second, the criteria proposed to track the extension of the concept of life worth living rest on unsupported axiological assumptions and fail to identify precise and plausible referents for this concept. And third, the concept of life worth living is not shown to serve any major evaluative or classificatory purpose besides those served by already available axiological concepts. By eliminating the concept of life worth living, philosophers will free themselves of the task of addressing ill-posed axiological questions and ground reflection about the worth of life on more rigorous conceptual foundations.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 09:26
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2024 02:15

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