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One thing that gets talked about often when people talk about philosophy (perhaps a stereotype of what philosophers do) is the question of the meaning of life, "what is the meaning of life?"

One concern I have with this question is that it's not entirely clear to me what the question means or whether it makes sense, since meaning comes after life. You first have life, and then develop a conception of "meaning". So perhaps it doesn't make sense to ask for what life means because the idea of "meaning" is something we have just created while living.

I don't really know if my point is clear, but I was wondering if any philosophers have written about something like this, perhaps challenging the premise of the question of the meaning of life. I'm very interested to read about how philosophers either defend the validity of this question or criticize it.

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    It is not very clear why one's life cannot have X before one develops a conception of X, or even if one never develops a conception of X. X can be meaning or happiness or hardship or any other attribute. It can also be a self-made purpose, the idea of meaning as some pre-existing "objective" abstraction has been challenged along these lines, e.g. by existentialists. See SEP and IEP for surveys of how the question is interpreted and answered.
    – Conifold
    Feb 27 at 22:23