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.
Wonder and Value
The Nature and Location of Value
Meaning, Meaningful Work and Spectres of Bleakness
Worthwhile Life and Meaning 5 The Argument from Value
Morality and Value
Embodiments of Value in Nature and Society
Creativity and Inspiration in Art, Music, Literature and Science