Lauener Foundation for Analytical Philosophy


Thursday 25 August - Friday 26 August 2022
Haus der Universität, Bern, Switzerland

9th International Lauener Symposium on Analytical Philosophy
on Themes from Susan Wolf

Professor J. David Velleman

(New York University/Johns Hopkins University)

Meaning in Creativity

In her book Meaning in Life and Why it Matters, Susan Wolf writes,  “meaningfulness in life [comes] from loving something (or a number of things) worthy of love, and being able to engage with it (or them) in some positive way. … Meaning arises when subjective attraction meets objective attractiveness, and one is able to do something about it or with it.” I will examine some examples in which positive engagement precedes and generates objective value rather than responding to it.

Professor J. David           Velleman

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