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

Susan Wolf


Most people, both in academia and in public culture, tend to classify values in terms of a dichotomy that contrasts the egoistic with the altruistic, the personal with the impersonal, the self-interested with the moral. This 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. Recognizing the variety of values, the chapters here argue, should affect the way we think about the structure and content of morality as well as the way we conceptualize happiness and well-being. This volume include ... More

Keywords: morality, meaningfulness, love, value, happiness, well-being, self-interest

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780195332803
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332803.001.0001


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1 Introduction

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Part I Moral and Nonmoral Values

2 Moral Saints

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5 Good-for-Nothings

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Part II Meaning in Life

Part III Love

10 Loving Attention

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Part IV The Concept of Duty

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