Philosopher Piers Benn explores the value of commitment in our lives in his easy-to-read volume Commitment, part of The Art of Living series. He takes us through our various commitments; love, work, family, faith – contractual commitments, ethical commitments, and parental commitments – and also the obstacles to commitment, such as boredom and indecisiveness. Although he values commitment, Benn is wary of over-commitment or commitment to unfulfilling ideas.
While his work does not have the verbal elegance of his contemporaries such as De Botton and Armstrong, Benn puts forth a valuable introduction to the idea of commitment within the larger realm of the modern search for meaning. He nods to Tolstoy, Camus, Hume, Locke, and Plato, Sartre and Kant, giving a good reading list for those who want to explore the topic further. As well as acknowledging the greats, the book draws on Benn's own internal struggle with commitment, which adds a welcoming personal angle.
This is a good introductory read for those interested in contemporary philosophy, or anyone wishing to explore and possibly re-evaluate their own life.