Moral Wisdom and Good Lives
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By (author) John Kekes
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Moral Wisdom and Good Lives by John Kekes
Book DescriptionKekes returns to the classical Greek sources of Western philosophy to argue for the contemporary significance of moral wisdom. He develops a proposal that is eudaimonistic - secular, anthropocentric, pluralistic, individualistic, and agonistic. He understands moral wisdom as focusing on the human effort to create many different forms of good lives. Although the approach is Aristotelian, the author concentrates on formulating and defending a contemporary moral ideal. The importance of this ideal, he shows, lies in increasing our ability to cope with life's adversities by improving our judgment. In chapters on moral imagination, self-knowledge, and moral depth, Kekes calls attention to aspects of our inner life that have been neglected because of our cultural inattention to moral wisdom. In discussing these inner processes, he draws on the tragedies of Sophocles, which can inspire us with their enduring moral significance and help us to understand the importance of moral wisdom to living a good life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801482786
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 6-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author John Kekes
How Should We Live?, Hardback (September 2014)
Nonetheless philosophers have long sought a single, overriding ideal that should guide everyone, always, everywhere, and after centuries of debate we're no closer to an answer. This book argues that ideal theories are abstractions from the realities of everyday life and its problems.
Nature of Philosophical Problems, Hardback (May 2014)
John Kekes proposes a new way of understanding the nature of philosophical problems, and defends a pluralist approach towards coping with them. He argues that the recurrence of such problems is not a defect, but a consequence of the richness of our modes of understanding that enlarges the range of possibilities by which we might choose to live.
Human Condition, Paperback (November 2013)» View all books by John Kekes
John Kekes offers a response to the growing disenchantment in the Western world with contemporary life. He defends a realistic view of the human condition that rejects both facile optimism and gloomy pessimism. While acknowledging that the scheme of things is indifferent to our fortunes, he shows that we do have the resources to improve our lives.
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