April 19th – 20th, 2019
The perennially fascinating question of the meaning of life has been neglected in academic circles until recently. Philosophers in the last few decades have rediscovered this foundational issue and begun thinking about how meaningfulness stands alongside happiness and moral excellence as a prime value in human life.
Meanwhile psychological research has devised new methods of investigating this same value, using powerful empirical tools to gauge the sources, prevalence, and perception of meaning in human life. These compelling and fruitful investigations have been taking place largely independently of one another.
Join an international gathering of distinguished philosophers and psychologists at the forefront of a cutting-edge discussion of the meaning of life, as together we explore original research on life’s greatest question. Over the course of two days, we will advance an interdisciplinary dialogue that brings together insights from the humanities and social sciences on this vitally important topic.
The conference is open to the public, but registration is required, so reserve your seat today.
Conference check-in opens at 8:30 AM
Crystal Park, “What Creates a Sense of Meaning in Life?”
Frank Martela, “From meaning of life to meaning in life: Could intrinsic values be grounded in psychological motivational dispositions and needs?”09:00 AM
Samantha Heintzelman, “Meaning in Everyday Life”
Roy Baumeister, “Applying Meaning to Life: Motives, Problems, Challenges”11:00 AM
Jeff Hanson, “The place of commitment in a meaningful life”
Charles Taliaferro, “The meaning of life and philosophical theology”1:30 PM
Thaddeus Metz, “Western Psychological Theory’s Blindspots in respect of Meaning in Life”
Discussion, “Introducing a New Measure for Meaning in Life”3:30 PM
Michael Steger, “Does the Universe Possess Meaning? Practically Speaking, It Doesn’t Matter to Psychology”
Joshua Hicks, “Intrinsic Value is a Central Component of Existential Meaning”9:00 - 10:30am
Joshua Seachris, “Meaning of Life Holism”11:00 AM
We’re honored to have 10 of the most engaging and thoughtful scholars from 4 continents who have been researching and publishing on the meaning of life.
Enjoy the vibrant and intellectually rich city of Cambridge, Massachusetts during your stay. The conference will be held on Harvard University’s main campus.
The conference aims to foster interdisciplinary discussion from the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and theology on this important life question.
Make sure to book your accommodations early! Because the conference is being held on Easter weekend, we do expect rooms in the Cambridge area to sell out.
Finding a good hotel can be tricky. So here are some of our favorite hotels nearby event location
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The venue is walkable from the Harvard Square T-stop and several bus lines. The best way to get to the conference is by plugging the 1730 Cambridge St. address into google maps.
The cost of the hotel accommodations in Cambridge can be quite expensive, so we recommend you book well in advance. A special discount may be available at the Veritas hotel if you ask about the Meaning of Life Conference rate.
All ticketing and payments are processed via Eventbrite. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Admission for students is free, but a student ID must be presented upon check-in.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by us, in which case we will make a full refund. If you will not be able to attend, please notify us so that we can accommodate those on the wait list.
Building CGIS South
1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 01238
If you have any questions about the event, please contact us via email and we will respond to you as soon as possible.