The 3rd International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life will be held June 17-19, 2020 at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. The keynote speakers will be John Cottingham (Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, University of Reading) and Lisa Bortolotti (Professor of Philosophy, University of Birmingham).
The aim of the conference is to address fundamental questions about the meaning of and in life from a wide range of philosophical perspectives. Potential topics include: philosophical approaches to meaning in/of life; the relationship between death and meaning; anti-natalism and nihilism; procreation; spiritual, religious and psychological implications of meaning; metaphysical and epistemological issues concerning meaning; meaning in applied ethics, bioethics and environmental ethics; meaning in religious and philosophical traditions around the world; implications of meaning for health.
The conference works in close connection with the Journal of Philosophy of Life. The aim of this journal is to promote international dialogue on the philosophy of life. It features original, full-length papers as well as research reports and other relevant materials. Every paper in the journal is published in PDF format and is freely downloadable.
The journal defines philosophy of life as an academic research field that encompasses the following activities:
1) cross-cultural, comparative, or historical research on philosophies of life, death, and nature.
2) philosophical and ethical analysis of contemporary issues concerning human and non-human life in the age of modern technology.
3) philosophical analysis of the concepts surrounding life, death, and nature.
I will try to read some of the essays in the journal and summarize them on the blog soon.