The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love

Paperback | January 7, 2015

bySusan Wolf

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For over thirty years Susan Wolf has been writing about moral and nonmoral values and the relation between them. This volume collects Wolf's most important essays on the topics of morality, love, and meaning, ranging from her classic essay "Moral Saints" to her most recent "The Importance ofLove."Wolf's essays warn us against the common tendency to classify values in terms of a dichotomy that contrasts the personal, self-interested, or egoistic with the impersonal, altruistic or moral. On Wolf's view, this tendency ignores or distorts the significance of such values as love, beauty, andtruth, and neglects the importance of meaningfulness as a dimension of the good life.These essays show us how a self-conscious recognition of the variety of values leads to new understandings of the point, the content, and the limits of morality and to new ways of thinking about happiness and well-being.

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For over thirty years Susan Wolf has been writing about moral and nonmoral values and the relation between them. This volume collects Wolf's most important essays on the topics of morality, love, and meaning, ranging from her classic essay "Moral Saints" to her most recent "The Importance ofLove."Wolf's essays warn us against the commo...

Susan Wolf is the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work focuses chiefly on ethics and its close relations in philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, political philosophy, and aesthetics. She is author of Freedom Within Reason (OUP, 1990) and Meaning in Life a...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.91 inPublished:January 7, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. IntroductionPart I: Moral and Nonmoral Values2. Moral Saints3. Morality and Partiality4. Morality and the View From Here5. Good-for-NothingsPart II: Meaning in Life6. The Meanings of Lives7. Happiness and Meaning: Two Aspects of the Good Life8. Meaning and MoralityPart III: Love9. One Thought Too Many: Love, Morality, and the Ordering of Commitment10. Loving Attention: Lessons in Love from The Philadelphia Story11. The Importance of LovePart IV: The Concept of Duty12. Above and Below the Line of Duty13. The Role of Rules14. Moral Obligations and Social Commands