November 15, 2004
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.-Susan Wolf, Edna J. Koury Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, will speak on "Happiness, Meaningfulness, and the Meaning of Life" on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 4:30 p.m. the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. Wolf's talk, sponsored by the Department of Philosophy at Amherst College and the Forry and Micken Fund in Philosophy and Science, is the first of a series on "Well-Being." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Wolf works in moral theory and the philosophy of mind; her current research focuses on the relations among happiness, morality, and meaningfulness in life. The author of Freedom Within Reason (1990), Wolf has published articles that include "Asymmetrical Freedom" (The Journal of Philosophy, 1980), "The Importance of Free Will (Mind, 1981), "Moral Saints" (The Journal of Philosophy, 1982), "Self-Interest and Interest in Selves" (Ethics, 1986), "Above and Below the Line of Duty" (Philosophical Topics, 1986), "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), "Morality and the View from Here" (The Journal of Ethics, 1999), "The True, the good, and the Lovable" ( The Contours of Agency, ed. by Buss and Overton, 2002) and "The Role of Rules" (Rationality, Rules, and Ideals, ed. by Sinnott Armstrong and Audi, 2002).