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This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Susan Wolf, the Edna J. Koury Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This fascinating conversation explores what it is to live an ethical, meaningful life in keeping with her book, Meaning in Life and Why It Matters, the role that love, fulfillment, self-interest and happiness play in giving meaning to one's life, and how meaningful activities occur when "subjective attraction meets objective attractiveness". This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Takin' It To The Streets, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter: I. Philosophical Engagement - The appeal of thinking deeplyII. Investigating Motivation - Beyond pleasure and dutyIII. Exploring Fulfillment - A key subjective metric IV. Subjective Meets Objective - Interpreting a "waste of time" V. Objectivity Emerges - The meaning of mistakesVI. Why Meaning Matters, Part I - A personal perspectiveVII. Enter Sisyphus - The meaning of rolling stonesVIII. Frames of Reference - Cosmic questions and endoxic iconsIX. Why Meaning Matters, Part II - Improving theoretical understandingX. Towards a Meaningful World - Making it realXI. Beyond Happiness - Pursuing what you loveAbout Ideas Roadshow Conversations Series: This book is part of an expanding series of 100+ Ideas Roadshow conversations, each one presenting a wealth of candid insights from a leading expert through a focused yet informal setting to give non-specialists a uniquely accessible window into frontline research and scholarship that wouldn't otherwise be encountered through standard lectures and textbooks. For other books in this series visit our website: https://ideas-on-film.com/ideasroadshow/.