285. What Do You Want Out of Life? Values Fulfillment Theory with Valerie Tiberius

Taking the time to reflect on our values and goals is an essential practice for living a meaningful life. By considering what is most important to us, we can gain a greater understanding of our place and purpose in this world. It can help us to determine what direction to go in and how to prioritize our time and energy. Reflecting on our values and goals can also help us to stay motivated and inspired as we work towards achieving them.

Valerie Tiberius, Professor of Philosophy, is here to provide us with a practical look at how to define and fulfill our values and goals. Through illustrative examples from her book, What Do You Want Out of Life?: A Philosophical Guide to Figuring Out What Matters, Valerie guides us in finding our true purpose in life and how to get there. With her wise words and actionable advice, you’ll unlock the power to create the life you want and overcome obstacles to achieving it. Don’t let this opportunity pass, take the chance to define your aspirations and make the most out of life!

Listen and Learn: 

  • How psychology and philosophy intertwine to improve well-being
  • An introduction to values fulfillment theory of well-being and what it has to offer 
  • Defining values and goals from a philosophical perspective
  • Are some values better than other values?
  • Managing conflict between competing goals
  • Reinterpreting values
  • When is it time to give up a goal that is important to you? 
  • Strategies for figuring out your values and what you want out of life 
  • How our moral values harmonize with our other values
  • Real-world barriers that prevent us from realizing our goals 


About Valerie Tiberius

Valerie Tiberius is the Paul W. Frenzel Chair in Liberal Arts and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota.  Her work explores the ways in which philosophy and psychology can both contribute to the study of well-being and virtue.  She is the author of The Reflective Life: Living Wisely With Our Limits (Oxford 2008), Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction (Routledge 2015), Well-Being as Value Fulfillment:  How We Can Help Others to Live Well (Oxford, 2018), and What Do You Want out of Life?: A Philosophical Guide to Figuring Out What Matters (Princeton University Press, 2023). She has published numerous articles on the topics of practical reasoning, prudential virtues, well-being, and moral psychology, and has received grants from the Templeton Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  She served as President of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association from 2016-17.

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Episode 285