Episode 5

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20th May 2021

5. Dimensions of Meaning with Joel Vos

In today’s episode, I spoke with Dr. Joel Vos, who is, amongst other things, a psychologist, a philosopher, and an existential therapist. We spoke about some of his research that has looked at what components go into living a meaningful life, we talk about the dimensionality of meaning, and we wrap up with some of Joel’s work in the last year looking at meaning during a global pandemic. 

We also got into phenomenology a bit, which is a school of philosophy exploring consciousness and the structure of experience. Joel also laid out a few different ways to start the process of thinking about meaning in/of life. The way that he talks about the sailboat metaphor for thinking about life really stressed how much of the exploration of leading a meaningful life is a journey and not a destination. 

You can learn more about Joel’s work on his website: https://joelvos.com/

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On Meaning
A journey on finding and refining meaning in life
On Meaning is a podcast meant to be an audio companion for your journey of finding and refining meaning in life. Join host Eugene Leventhal for conversations with psychologists, philosophers, and others with interesting perspectives on how to view meaning in life. While there won't be any simple answers here, the podcast is meant to explore the various topics relevant to more deeply exploring the question of meaning in life.

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Eugene Leventhal

Eugene is the host of On Meaning and is actively working to build a meaning-centered community. He is passionate about understanding the role that meaning plays in one's life in various contexts, ranging from personal well-being to the willingness to being an active participant in a community.

Aside from On Meaning, Eugene is the host of the History of Drugs in Society podcast and has launched Consequential and Heinz Radio at Carnegie Mellon University. He currently works full-time at CMU as a Project Manager within CyLab, the university's Security and Privacy Institute.