The question stems from this question. I attempted an answer, but the question I mentioned here was the obstruction from finishing.

In the conventional sense, as also put by the question, meaning is, archetypically, seen as derived relative to a value/belief system done by society and culture.

However, it is unclear to me, the mechanism which people derive meaning from in modern society. I understand that, there is an acknowledgement that meaning is a personal issue in modern society, but by what mechanism does one discover their personal meanings of different things in life?

1 Answer 1


Here are some related discussions. Your question is a bit vague, so perhaps you could look at these and then ask something more focused.

What does meaning mean? According to the major theories of concepts, where do meanings come from?

How personal can it be? Isn't there an inherent contradiction in creating your own meaning in life?

How philosophy can help us cultivate a practice of finding meaning in our own lives, by being a 'toolbox' to approach our challenges: (Why) is this negative outlook on the concept of philosophy misguided?

Art and play as how we expand the scope of meaning: Video games as new art

  • Those were good readings ( had gone through when you had posted answer itself) but it still feels inconclusive
    – Babu
    Commented May 8, 2023 at 5:05
  • @TrystwithFreedom: You might like this answer, on connecting to ideas & endeavours that go beyond our individuality & our lifespan, to find meaning: 'What are some philosophical works that explore constructing meaning in life from an agnostic or atheist view?' philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/91010/…
    – CriglCragl
    Commented May 8, 2023 at 10:00

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .