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Facing Evil - John Kekes

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Published: 7th March 1993
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Arguing that the prevalence of evil presents a fundamental problem for our secular sensibility, John Kekes develops a conception of character-morality as a response. He shows that the main sources of evil are habitual, unchosen actions produced by our character defects and that we can increase our control over the evil we cause by cultivating a reflective temper.

"An engaging blend of cultural insight, careful reasoning, and reflective wisdom... John Kekes offers a compelling vision of the human condition and presents a set of logical conclusions about how we should live our lives in light of this vision."--Anthony E. Hartle, Society "Fascinating, existentially relevant, even wise. [Facing Evil] is among the best works of contemporary moral philosophy in this or any year in recent memory."--Craig K. Ihara, San Francisco Review of Books "[A] thoughtful, wide-ranging book ... Every reader will find ... numerous insights and interesting arguments."--Stephen Nathanson, Philosophy and Literature

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
True and False Hopep. 11
What May I Hope?p. 11
The Socratic Idealp. 12
Internal and External Goodsp. 14
The Goods of Good Livesp. 16
Some Misunderstandingsp. 19
The Essential Conditions of Lifep. 21
False Hope and the Vulnerability of Good Livesp. 27
The Tragic View of Lifep. 31
The Moral Importance of Tragedyp. 31
Tragic Situationsp. 34
Tragic Situations and the Essential Conditions of Lifep. 37
One Response to Tragic Situationsp. 39
The Tension Tragedy Revealsp. 43
Evil, Desert, and Character-Moralityp. 45
The Wide and Narrow Senses of "Evil"p. 45
The Primary and Derivative Senses of "Evil"p. 47
The Moral Relevance of Evilp. 49
Simple Evil and Character-Moralityp. 50
Character-Morality and Desertp. 55
The Minimum Content of Character-Moralityp. 64
Unchosen Evilp. 66
Tragic Situations and Unchosen Evilp. 66
The Nature of Choicep. 67
Insufficiencyp. 71
Expediencyp. 75
Malevolencep. 79
Unchosen Evil and the Lack of Controlp. 83
Morality beyond Choicep. 84
The Moral Reaction to Unchosen Evilp. 84
The Soft Reactionp. 85
The First Assumption of Choice-Morality: Ought Implies Canp. 89
Choice-Morality versus Character-Moralityp. 93
The Principle Demotedp. 99
The Growing Content of Character-Moralityp. 103
Human Worth and Moral Meritp. 106
Choice and Human Worthp. 106
The Second Assumption of Choice-Morality: Moral Egalitarianismp. 108
Selves and Their Qualitiesp. 110
The Ground of Desertp. 115
The Potentialities of Human Naturep. 117
Moral Inequalityp. 121
Good and Evil in Human Naturep. 124
Evil as Corruptionp. 124
The Third Assumption of Choice-Morality: The Basic Goodness of Human Naturep. 128
Evil and Choicep. 131
The Failure of Kant's Argumentp. 136
The Rejection of Choice-Morality and the Soft Reactionp. 140
The Mixed View of Human Naturep. 142
Character-Morality: Taking Stockp. 146
Character-Morality and the Essential Conditions of Lifep. 146
The Ideal of Character-Moralityp. 149
Nine Theses of Character-Moralityp. 154
Two Aspects of Character-Moralityp. 157
The State of the Argumentp. 161
The Institutional Dimension of Character-Moralityp. 163
What Kind of Institution Should Character-Morality Be?p. 163
The Knowledge of Prohibitionsp. 166
The Justification of Deep Prohibitionsp. 172
The Motivation to Conform to Deep Prohibitionsp. 179
The Personal Dimension of Character-Morality: The Possibility of Controlp. 182
Understanding and Hopep. 182
Pragmatismp. 190
Ironyp. 192
Romanticismp. 196
From Understanding toward Controlp. 200
The Personal Dimension of Character-Morality: The Reflective Temperp. 202
The Reflective Temper and the Flawed Responsesp. 202
Reflection and Increased Controlp. 205
The Motivation to Increase Controlp. 213
Increased Control and Emotional Reactionsp. 216
The Reflective Temper: An Overviewp. 221
Character-Morality and Our Sensibilityp. 223
Character-Morality as a Response to the Secular Problem of Evilp. 223
Character-Morality and Changes in Our Sensibilityp. 226
Rights and Moral Meritp. 228
Psychologizing and Facing Evilp. 230
Relativism and the Objectivity of Evilp. 233
The True Center of Character-Moralityp. 236
Works Citedp. 239
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780691020952
ISBN-10: 0691020957
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 7th March 1993
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36