Wonder, Value and God

Robin Attfield1*

1 Professor, Emeritus of Philosophy, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, United Kingdom.

*Corresponding Author:Robin Attfield, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3AT, United Kingdom, Tel: +44 29 2087 4000; Fax: +44 29 2087 4000; E-mail:AttfieldR@cardiff.ac.uk

Citation: Robin Attfield (2022) Value, Obligation, and Meta-Ethics. SciEnvironm 5: 165.

Received: October 19, 2022; Accepted: October 31, 2022; Published: November 11, 2022.

Copyright: © 2022 Robin Attfield, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Wonder, Value and God

Robin Attfield

Series: Transcending Boundaries in Philosophy and Theology

July 2016

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This book relates the value present in the natural world and in human creativity to an underlying purpose which it traces in creation. It opens by invoking the wonder aroused by nature's value and celebrated by poets, and moves to a cosmic purpose as the best explanation of this value.

Human creativity is later related to inspiration, and to traditional theistic teaching about the purpose of human life. In integrating the themes of value, creativity and purpose, the book contributes a new synthesis to the literature of philosophy, environmental studies and theology.


  1. Wonder and Value
  2. The Nature and Location of Value
  3. Meaning, Meaningful Work and Spectres of Bleakness
  4. Worthwhile Life and Meaning 5 The Argument from Value
  5. Disvalue
  6. Pantheism
  7. Morality and Value
  8. Embodiments of Value in Nature and Society
  9. Creativity and Inspiration in Art, Music, Literature and Science
  10. Fulfilling Our Purpose


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