Downshifting and meaning in life

Neil Levy*

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So-called downshifters seek more meaningful lives by decreasing the amount of time they devote to work, leaving more time for the valuable goods of friendship, family and personal development. But though these are indeed meaning-conferring activities, they do not have the right structure to count as superlatively meaningful. Only in work - of a certain kind - can superlative meaning be found. It is by active engagements in projects, which are activities of the right structure, dedicated to the achievement of goods beyond ourselves, that we make our lives superlatively meaningful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-189
Number of pages14
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


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