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Fear of Meaninglessness

John Kekes

in Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359458
eISBN:
9780226359595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The object of fear is the loss of the meaning of life. It threatens if our evaluative framework is called into question. This chapter is about the prudent strategy for coping with this fear. A ... More


The Prevalence of Evil

John Kekes

in Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359458
eISBN:
9780226359595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

The prevalence of evil is an unavoidable problem in our evaluative framework because two of its basic assumptions conflict. One is that human beings are basically disposed toward reason and the good. ... More


Consequentializing and Deontologizing: Clogging the Consequentialist Vacuum1

Paul Hurley

in Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics: Volume 3

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199685905
eISBN:
9780191765803
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685905.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

That many values can be consequentialized — incorporated into a ranking of states of affairs — is often taken to support the view that apparent alternatives to consequentialism are in fact forms of ... More


The Divided Self

John Kekes

in Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359458
eISBN:
9780226359595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

We have a present self with which we are dissatisfied and aim at a future self that would be better. The conflicts between them are permanent problems in our evaluative framework. Aiming at an ... More


Deep Conflicts

John Kekes

in Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359458
eISBN:
9780226359595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter is about the standard view according to which the key to coping with conflicts depends on self-knowledge. In the Shilluk evaluative framework conflicts have a central and valued place as ... More


Human Predicaments and Problems

John Kekes

in Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359458
eISBN:
9780226359595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This is an introduction that sets out the problems, the aim, and the approach of the book. The problem is that most of us are more or less dissatisfied with how we live and want to make it better ... More


Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

John Kekes

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359458
eISBN:
9780226359595
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This book is about understanding and coping with exceptionally difficult problems that stand in the way of living as we think we should. Living that way depends on pursuing possibilities that ... More


The Danger of Innocence

John Kekes

in Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226359458
eISBN:
9780226359595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, General

An unavoidable problem in our evaluative framework is the conflict between the ideal of a simple life in which we live as we think we should and the need to understand that the complexities of life ... More


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