Susan Rose Wolf

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Humanities and Arts
Philosophy and Religious Studies
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Professor Susan R. Wolf is the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor at UNC Chapel Hill. Her work centers on issues in moral philosophy and on areas in which moral philosophy and philosophy of mind overlap. In addition to articles on such topics as personal identity an moral pluralism, she has written several articles and a book on free will and moral responsibility, and a number of interconnected essays on the relation between moral and nonmoral values. Her current research focuses on the relations among happiness, morality, and meaningfulness in life. She is the author of The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning & Love (Oxford, 2015), Meaning in Life and Why It Matters (Princeton, 2010), Freedom Within Reason (Oxford, 1990), and is co-editor, with Christopher Grau, of Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction (Oxford, 2014). Her articles include “Asymmetrical Freedom,” The Journal of Philosophy (1980); “The Importance of Free Will,” Mind (1981); “Moral Saints,” The Journal of Philosophy (1982); “Sanity and the Metaphysics of Responsibility,” Responsibility, Character, and the Emotions, ed. by Schoeman (1987); “Morality and Partiality,” Philosophical Perspectives (1992); “Meaning and Morality,” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1997); “Happiness and Meaning: Two Aspects of the Good Life,” Social Philosophy & Policy(1997); “The Meanings of Lives,“ in Perry, Bratman, Firscher, eds.,Introduction to Philosophy: Classical and Contemporary Readings(2007); “Moral Psychology and the Unity of the Virtues,” Ratio (2007); and “Moral Obligations and Social Commands,” in Metaphysics and the Good:  Themes from the Philosophy of Robert Merrihew Adams, ed. by Newlands and Jorgensen, eds., (2009).

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