Meaning in Life and Why It Matters:

Meaning in Life and Why It Matters:

by Susan Wolf
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691154503

ISBN-13: 9780691154503

Pub. Date: 03/25/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691154503
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2012
Series:
University Center for Human Values Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,187,308
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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

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