Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
University of Johannesburg
Prof. Thaddeus Metz hails from the United States, where he received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1997. He relocated to South Africa in 2004, when he joined the Philosophy Department at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2009, he became Research Professor at the University of Johannesburg, and for the period 2015–2019 is Distinguished Professor there.
Prof. Metz is often credited for having helped develop life’s meaning as a distinct field in Anglo-American philosophy over the past 20 years. Influential works of his on meaning in life include: “The Concept of a Meaningful Life,” American Philosophical Quarterly(2001); “The Meaning of Life,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy(2007); and Meaning in Life: An Analytic Study (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Key papers with a psychological dimension are: “Meaning in Life as the Aim of Psychotherapy,” in J. Hicks et al. (eds) The Experience of Meaning in Life (Springer, 2013), and “The Proper Aim of Psychotherapy,” in A. Batthyany et al. (eds) Clinical Perspectives on Meaning(Springer, 2016).
As an additional fun fact, Prof. Metz was once featured as an ‘Daily Double’ clue on the game show Jeopardy: “Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophyentry written by Thaddeus Metz, or a movie co-written by John Cleese” was the answer to the question “What is the Meaning of Life?” (December 8, 2016).