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