Susan Wolf is the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill. Susan works chiefly in ethics and its close relations in philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, political philosophy, and aesthetics. Her interests range widely over moral psychology, value theory, and normative ethics.
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).
October 22nd, 2021 | 1 hr 23 secs
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In this episode, I speak with Susan Wolf about her first two papers, "Asymmetrical Freedom" and "The Importance of Having Free Will." These papers have been influential to me and I was lucky enough to discuss them with Dr. Wolf. We discuss her views on moral responsibility, reactive attitudes, and her upcoming projects.