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Gerais : Revista Interinstitucional de Psicologia

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FLANAGAN, Owen. The structures of meaningful life stories. Gerais, Rev. Interinst. Psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.1, n.2, pp. 92-101. ISSN 1983-8220.

Life's meaning is a matter of how we live in this life. Whatever meaning a life has for the creature whose life it is ends when bodily death occurs. When someone dies the meaning of their life is over for them, in first person. But the meaning of a life for others, for those in relation with the dead person, does not end when a person dies. Our lives, be they good or bad, leave effects, ripples - memories - on others who are different because of us, and future generations who will feel the effects of our being - certainly after long enough time, without ever knowing that we existed. This is all the meaning we can reasonably expect a human life to have. But many people think that this much meaning is not enough, that for life to be truly meaningful there must be something that makes for eternal or transcendent meaning.

Keywords : Meaning; Ethics; Philosophy.

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