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"A meaningful life" is not the same as a "good life". A serial killer, tyrant, school shooter, etc. does not need to make the world a better place for his/her life to have meaning, nor does it need to have any particular value to the person living it. A better way to view a meaningful life may be to think of it as a measure of how much a person impacts the ...


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The OP asks for other terms or systematic treatments of "unarticulated background". One place to look is in the concept of mystery in contrast to problem as presented by Gabriel Marcel. A problem would correspond roughly to Michael Polanyi's explicit knowledge while mystery would correspond to tacit knowledge. Kenneth T. Gallagher describes Marcel's idea of ...


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