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Feigning Perfection in an Imperfect World. A Review of Iddo Landau (2017), Finding meaning in an imperfect world (New York: Oxford University Press)

  • Gavin VanceEmail author
  • Todd K. Shackelford
Book Review

Iddo Landau has discovered the meaning of life. Or, rather, he has discovered the many ways people fail to recognize the meaning in their own lives. In Finding meaning in an imperfect world, Landau makes the case that life is full of meaning, so long as you know where to look and so long as you have the right mindset. The University of Haifa philosophy professor has dedicated a significant portion of his career to addressing meaning in life, and although he makes many compelling points for the often hidden value in our lives, Landau’s arguments are less persuasive than they could be because he does not consistently frame the context of meaning and because he does not clearly operationalize meaning.

Landau attempts, primarily, to criticize arguments in favor of the meaninglessness of life. He proposes that people sometimes fail to recognize the meaning in their lives, and that a shift in perception will help them to see this meaning. Landau does not, however, distinguish between...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyOakland UniversityRochesterUSA

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