Achievement and the Meaningfulness of Life

  • Laurence James


In this paper I present a novel account of achievement and I argue that, all other things being equal, the presence of this particular type of achievement (an m-achievement) in a person's life makes that life more meaningful. In arguing for this conclusion, I explore the connections between m-achievements and a person's self-conception and especially the idea that m-achievements provide a reason for the revision of one's self-conception.

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