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Most people, including philosophers, tend to classify human motives as falling into one of two categories: the egoistic or the altruistic, the self-interested or the moral. According to Susan Wolf, however, much of what motivates us does not comfortably fit into this scheme. Often we act neither for our own sake nor out of duty or an impersonal concern for the world. Rather, we act out of love for objects that we rightly perceive as worthy of love--and it is these actions that give meaning to our lives. Wolf makes a compelling case that, along with happiness and morality, this kind of meaningfulness constitutes a distinctive dimension of a good life. Written in a lively and engaging style, and full of provocative examples, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters is a profound and original reflection on a subject of permanent human concern.

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Most people, including philosophers, tend to classify human motives as falling into one of two categories: the egoistic or the altruistic, the self-interested or the moral. According to Susan Wolf, however, much of what motivates us does not comfortably fit into this scheme. Often we act neither for our own sake nor out of duty or an impersonal concern for the world. Rather, we act out of love for objects that we rightly perceive as worthy of love--and it is these actions that give meaning to our lives. Wolf makes a compelling case that, along with happiness and morality, this kind of meaningfulness constitutes a distinctive dimension of a good life. Written in a lively and engaging style, and full of provocative examples, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters is a profound and original reflection on a subject of permanent human concern.

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"Susan Wolf's picture of what makes life meaningful is at once powerful and down to earth, deeply argued but unpretentious. Part of Wolf's persuasive force comes from her stylish prose and cool treatment of profound concerns. This book is absorbing and a pleasure to read."--Kieran Setiya, University of Pittsburgh

"Susan Wolf is one of the clearest, most thoughtful, and most incisively elegant writers in contemporary ethics. She has an uncanny knack for putting her finger on important points and expressing them in ways that capture the imagination. In this book, she develops her ideas about meaningfulness in life with considerable subtlety, creating a work of genuine depth and importance."--John Martin Fischer, University of California, Riverside

About the Author

Susan Wolf is the Edna J. Koury Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of "Freedom within Reason."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction by Stephen Macedo xi

MEANING IN LIFE AND WHY IT MATTERS

Meaning in Life 1

Why It Matters 34

COMMENTS AND RESPONSE

John Koethe 67

Robert M. Adams 75

Nomy Arpaly 85

Jonathan Haidt 92

Response Susan Wolf 102

Contributors 133

Index 137

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691145242
Author:
Wolf, Susan
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Introduction by:
Macedo, Stephen
Introduction:
Macedo, Stephen
Commentaries by:
Koethe, John
Commentaries:
Koethe, John
Author:
Koethe, John
Author:
Adams, Robert M.
Author:
Macedo, Stephen
Author:
Adams, Robert McCormick
Author:
Haidt, Jonathan
Author:
Wolf, Susan R.
Author:
Arpaly, Nomy
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
Values
Subject:
Life
Subject:
Ethics & Moral Philosophy
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
The University Center for Human Values Series
Publication Date:
March 2010
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Most people, including philosophers, tend to classify human motives as falling into one of two categories: the egoistic or the altruistic, the self-interested or the moral. According to Susan Wolf, however, much of what motivates us does not comfortably fit into this scheme. Often we act neither for our own sake nor out of duty or an impersonal concern for the world. Rather, we act out of love for objects that we rightly perceive as worthy of love--and it is these actions that give meaning to our lives. Wolf makes a compelling case that, along with happiness and morality, this kind of meaningfulness constitutes a distinctive dimension of a good life. Written in a lively and engaging style, and full of provocative examples, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters is a profound and original reflection on a subject of permanent human concern.
"Synopsis" by ,

"Susan Wolf's picture of what makes life meaningful is at once powerful and down to earth, deeply argued but unpretentious. Part of Wolf's persuasive force comes from her stylish prose and cool treatment of profound concerns. This book is absorbing and a pleasure to read."--Kieran Setiya, University of Pittsburgh

"Susan Wolf is one of the clearest, most thoughtful, and most incisively elegant writers in contemporary ethics. She has an uncanny knack for putting her finger on important points and expressing them in ways that capture the imagination. In this book, she develops her ideas about meaningfulness in life with considerable subtlety, creating a work of genuine depth and importance."--John Martin Fischer, University of California, Riverside

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