Pluralism in Philosophy
Changing the Subject
By (author) John Kekes
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Pluralism in Philosophy by John Kekes
Book DescriptionThis original and ambitious book aims to change how we think about good lives. The perennial debates about good lives-the disagreements caused by conflicts between scientific, religious, moral, historical, aesthetic, and subjective modes of reflection-typically end in an impasse. This leaves the underlying problems of the meaning of life, the possibility of free action, the place of morality in good lives, the art of life, and human self-understanding as intractable as they have ever been.The way out of this impasse, argues Kekes, is to abandon the assumption shared by the contending parties that the solutions of these problems can be rational only if they apply universally to all lives in all contexts. He believes that solutions may vary with lives and contexts and still be rational. Kekes defends a pluralistic alternative to absolutism and relativism that will, he holds, take philosophy in a new and more productive direction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801438059
(229mm x 152mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 12-Oct-2000
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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