Susan Wolf

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  • The Morality Of A Loving Saint By Susan Wolf

    Many philosophers and people around the world believe that being a moral saint, is something that should be a desirable goal for human beings. In an excerpt from The Journal of Philosophy, on page 116 of the textbook, the author, Susan Wolf, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, defines a moral saint as a person whose every action is as morally good as possible, and a person who is as morally worthy as can be. Wolf however, believes that moral saintliness, does not establish a model of personal well-being and shouldn’t be something that a human being desires or strives to become. The conclusion of Susan Wolf’s main argument in the article is that the Loving Saint, and the Rational Saint will lack, and/or…

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  • The Symbolism Of Moral Saints, By Susan Wolf

    When most people hear the term “moral saint,” they think of the common “goody-good” or a “perfect child”. As defined by Susan Wolf in her essay “Moral Saints”, a moral saint is a person whose happiness “lie[s] in the happiness of others, and so he would devote himself to others gladly, and with a whole and open heart”. Although this may seem like a normal and amiable trait, the entire meaning is to consume oneself in the advancement of others out of pure altruism while simultaneously to ignore…

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  • Susan Wolf Moral Saints Analysis

    In her writing on Moral Saints, Susan Wolf presents the idea of morally perfect beings, that is, hypothetical (or potentially existent along some contemporary moral theories) individuals who’s lives are dominated by acts of moral worth. Her argument goes over their compatibility with popular moral theories such as Utilitarianism and Kantianism, then expresses the unattractiveness of such an individual as an ideal. In this paper I will first briefly define moral saints and their characteristics,…

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  • Susan Wolf: A Meaningful Life Analysis

    Susan Wolf’s argument that a meaningful life is one that is actively and at least somewhat successfully engaged in a project (or projects) of positive value is developed through a philosophical distinction between the perception of what is meaning of life and what constitutes as a meaningful life (797). Wolf classifies a meaningful life as one of positive value and active engagement, not to be confused with subjective criteria like personal happiness or contentment. The author distinguishes a…

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  • Susan Wolf The Meaningings Of Lives Analysis

    In Susan Wolf’s paper “The Meanings of Lives,” she discusses the qualifications of and the innate human yearning for a meaningful and fulfilling life. The foundation for her argument lies in her three criterion for meaning which include involvement, purpose, and success. She then continues her argument by explaining the opposite of each of these criterion as a stereotypical person. However, Wolf’s assertion suffers from being overly general in that it makes the assumption that all humans have…

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  • Nagel's Argument Of Moral Responsibility

    What is the capacity in which things that are not under your control can affect the amount of moral responsibility that you face? For this topic, there are generally three main views that claim to answer this question, and they are each rather simple; first, there are those that think that people are only blameworthy for things that are under their control. Second, there are those who think that people are blameworthy for things that are not under their control, and lastly, there are those that…

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  • Susan Wolf Meaning In Life Summary

    Susan Wolf, a professor at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, wrote Meaning in Life and Why It Matters to try to figure out why one’s life has meaning. She presents three different views to address the question of whether or not someone exhibits a meaningful life. Wolf presents what is called the fulfillment view, the larger-than-oneself view, and the bipartite view, however each view raises a problem that is sufficient enough to say that it does not answer the question presented…

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  • Analysis Of Meaning In Life And Why It Matters By Susan Wolf

    Matters,” Susan Wolf discusses the reasons that contribute to meaning in our lives and argues that we should “understand meaningfulness as an attribute lives can have that is not reducible to or subsumable under either happiness, as it is ordinarily understood, or morality” (3). In laying out her beliefs of how we can find meaning, she discusses different viewpoints and offers suggestions of how they should be altered and combined to make a more accurate theory she calls the ‘Fitting Fulfillment…

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  • The Wolf Of Wall Street Movie Essay

    The Wolf of Wall Street may seem just as another ridiculous comedy film at first glance, however, as with art of all forms, it can be interpreted in drastically different ways. Although the film explicitly portrays how stockbrokers in Wall Street use manipulation to fill their own pockets, The Wolf of Wall Street splendidly conveys different “morals of the story” depending on the morality of the audience: “wolves” hunger for materialistic lifestyle are eager to become filthy rich like Jordan…

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  • Argumentative Essay About Bigfoot

    Introduction: If you saw a big, hairy creature through the trees, in the forest, how would you react? Many people get scared of Bigfoot in the woods. What you need to know is, Bigfoot is fake. Evidence #1: Many conjectures are made each year about Bigfoot. Reading this article, “Georgia Bigfoot Hoax Draws Global Attention” says that Matthew Whitton and his buddy, Rick Dyer have proof of a dead Bigfoot. Whitton was interviewed and he later admitted that “Bigfoot was a fake and he was not…

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