Meaning in Life as an Issue in Bioethics
In my talk, I consider the idea of meaning in life as I believe it has arisen in some discussions of aging and death. I consider the views of Atul Gawande and Ezekiel Emanuel, connecting them to philosophical ideas of meaning in life, categorical desires to continue living, and the dignity of the person.
Frances Kamm is the Henry Rutgers University Professor of Philosophy and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Rutgers University. She is the author of nine books including Morality, Mortality, Vols. I and II; Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm; Bioethical Prescriptions; The Trolley Problem Mysteries, and her most recent Almost Over: Aging, Dying, Dead. She also has published many articles on normative ethical theory and practical ethics.