Against Liberalism

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Cornell University Press, 1997 - 244 Seiten
Liberalism is doomed to failure, John Kekes argues in this penetrating criticism of its basic assumptions. Liberals favor individual autonomy, a wide plurality of choices, and equal rights and resources, seeing them as essential for good lives. They oppose such evils as selfishness, intolerance, cruelty, and greed. Yet the more autonomy, equality, and pluralism there is, Kekes contends, the greater is the scope for evil. According to Kekes, liberalism is inconsistent because the conditions liberals regard as essential for good lives actually foster the very evils liberals want to avoid, and avoiding those evils depends on conditions contrary to the ones liberals favor.

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Kekes (The Morality of Pluralism, Princeton Univ. Pr., 1993) argues in this finely crafted book that moral wisdom is the most important virtue for human beings today. In the absence of a generally ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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A Eudaimonistic Conception of Good Lives
16
The Socratic Ideal and Its Problems
31
Permanent Adversities
51
Judgment and Control
73
The First Mode of Reflection
95
The Second Mode of Reflection
114
The Second Mode of Reflection continued
137
The Third Mode of Reflection
160
The Ideal of Justice
182
Making Lives More Just
190
Some Limits of Justice
196
Conclusion
203
Moral Wisdom as the Loss of Innocence
213
Reflective Innocence and Moral Wisdom
221
Index
233
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