My series of posts on William James’s “What Makes a Life Significant” was inspired by the essay’s inclusion in a relatively new anthology, edited by Mark Schwehn and Dorothy Bass of Valparaiso University, entitled Leading Lives That Matter: What We Should Do and Who We Should Be. Schwehn and Bass have chosen readings centered around themes such as authenticity, virtue, vocation, work, the “balanced life,” and personal identity. The authors include James, Albert Schweitzer, Charles Taylor, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Aristotle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, Dorothy Sayers, H.G. Wells, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Wendell Berry, Annie Dillard, Jane Addams, Martha Nussbaum, St. Matthew, Immanuel Kant, Amy Tan, Malcolm X, Willa Cather, Thomas Merton, and John Steinbeck.
I am slowly working my way through this book and may, on occasion, blog about some of the material that Schwehn and Bass have gathered.
You can find an interview with Schwehn and Bass here.