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date: 28 November 2020

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This chapter explores the relationship between humanism and well-being through the lens of value. Several conceptions of well-being will be explored. The first is Peter Derkx’s description of what constitutes a meaningful life. The second is Anthony Pinn’s notion of presence, absence, and the quest for complex subjectivity. The chapter provides critique of both proposals before moving to examine Yasmin Trejo’s exploration of Latina nones who struggle for value, through recognition, in Latin American communities. The chapter also connects Monica Miller’s presentation of Black youth and Jay-Z, as outlaw humanists, to well-being by constructing one’s self-worth. Through an examination of an often overlooked or underexplored demographic along with groups who have historically experienced dehumanization, the chapter lifts up the desire to be recognized as a necessary factor in well-being. And the ability to construct one’s own sense of meaning as a humanist practice is an essential element for increasing well-being. Ultimately, this chapter asserts that value, whether given, unearthed, or constructed, is the foundation of humanist well-being.

Keywords: humanism, well-being, epistemology, decolonial studies, philosophy, spirituality, African American humanism, transcendence

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