What is the meaning of life?
The theme of the Meaning of Life is one of the classic themes of ethics and other branches of Philosophy, Psychology, and other social and human disciplines. It originates in the concerns about the so-called »problem of man» and his existence as a human individual, in the reflection about: Who am I? Where am I going? Why are we here? What is the usefulness of my life? What is the meaning of my whole existence?
The epistemological basis of the conceptualization of the Meaning of Life, goes through the analysis of the subjectivity-objectivity relationship in which the limits and degrees of freedom of the construction of the individual as a subject of social action are revealed. On a more concrete level of the social and individual expression of the Meaning of Life, this can be focused on the set of subjective objective constitutive relations in the framework of individual experience within the context of the dominant structures of everyday activity and social praxis. Here, the relationship between Meaning of Life and Life Project in the socio-cultural context acquires the character of an inseparable systemic relationship.
The »meaning of life» denotes those characteristics of individual subjectivity that mark a special significance of the existential aspects of human life. Although the theme of subjectivity is not new, it has probably gained great importance in the theoretical, political, and social debate in recent years, in the light of the great social schisms of recent times and because it is inscribed in the general debate on the determinations between individual and society, in the consideration of the »human problem» in the whole of social action.
The theme of the meaning of life, already outlined since the Greek philosophers in relation to destiny and the search for happiness and its emphasis on ethics, now takes on new dimensions. The individual is considered as a Project, as a possibility of realization and transcendence: » Existence as possibility is transcendence towards the world and as such is projection».
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