Prof. Susan Wolf, Ph.D.

Previous Visiting Fellow

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Susan Wolf is Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She held previous positions at Harvard University, the University of Maryland, and the Johns Hopkins University. She has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Princeton University; she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2006 and she was honored with the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities from 2004-2007.

Susan Wolf’s interests range widely over moral psychology,value theory, and normative ethics. Her research focused especially on the relation between moral and non-moral values, the nature and conditions of responsibility, and the idea of meaningfulness as a dimension of a good life. Her most notable works include “Moral Saints”, Freedom Within Reason (Oxford, 1990), Meaning in Life and Why it Matters (Princeton, 2010), and The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning, and Love (New York / Oxford, 2015).

Susan Wolf is member of the CAS Research Group "Relationships in Transition: Normative Challenges" of Prof. Dr. Monika Betzler.