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Abel, Johannes (January 2022): Negativism as the Philosophical Approach to the Meaning of Life. First International Conference on Philosophy and Meaning in Life, August 20 - 21, 2018, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan.


The thesis of the paper is that regarding the question of meaning of life in our age, a study of Søren Kierkegaard's The Sickness unto Death (1849) can help us to understand the methodology as well as the theoretical position of Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus´ (1942), a position that has still systematic relevance today. We see in Camus what happens to the meaning of life if a deep foundational religious layer breaks away.