In this chapter, I distinguish different meanings of the word “meaning.” I argue that the truth of theism isn’t a necessary condition for our living meaningful lives (if what we mean by “meaning” is a certain sort of value). By contrast, I argue that the truth of a very specific form of theism (which I call “Hassidic Idealism”) is a necessary condition for our living meaningful lives (if what we mean by “meaning” is a certain sort of significance). If Hassidic Idealism is true, then our entire lives, from moment to moment, and in every situation, take on a particular form of cosmic significance. This in turn entails that our lives are, at least potentially, much more valuable under the assumption of Hassidic idealism.
|Title of host publication||Value Beyond Monotheism|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Axiology of the Divine|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis|
|Number of pages||13|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2022|
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© 2023 selection and editorial matter, Kirk Lougheed; individual chapters, the contributors.
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