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Title: La ricerca di un senso nella vita, la prospettiva morale e i limiti di una concezione sentimentalista
Authors: Bacin, Stefano
Keywords: Meaning of lifemoralityperfectionsentimentalism
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Stefano Bacin, “La ricerca di un senso nella vita, la prospettiva morale e i limiti di una concezione sentimentalista”, in "Etica & Politica / Ethics and Politics, (2017) XIX/2", Trieste, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2017, pp. 287-304
I discuss Eugenio Lecaldano’s view of the search for meaning in life focusing on three issues. First, I suggest that an accurate account should accommodate both a prospective and a retrospective mode of the reflection on meaning in one’s own life. Second, Lecaldano’s distinction between meaningfulness and morality is underdetermined in two respects: (a) because a more flexible view of morality is able to integrate a consideration of meaningfulness in terms of the agent’s own perfection, avoiding moralistic implications, and (b) because a genuine separation between meaningfulness and morality seems to make sense only from a third-person standpoint. Third, I argue that Lecaldano’s sentimentalist view is not supported by conclusive arguments and cannot account for the possibility of a meaningful life without feelings of accomplishment and affirmation.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
Appears in Collections:Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2017) XIX/2

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