Values of Life

“To lay my cards on the table, this is a way it seems natural to me to think about life. The world seems full of things of immeasurable value, including objects and environments of the natural world, works of supreme human accomplishment, not to mention people themselves, and it is kind of good fortune to be able to interact with these, in a way that involves going some way toward understanding and appreciating their value. As Robert Adams put it, a good human life involves “enjoyment of the excellent”. My point is that in many cases the identification of “the excellent” must be made prior to its determination as good for us.”–Susan Wolf



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