Chapter

The Question

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588886
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191595448 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.003.0002
The Question

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This chapter introduces and refines the questions to which the book provides an answer. The question is whether human well‐being depends on living in conformity to a moral order that permeates reality or whether our well‐being is at the mercy of contingencies we cannot control. The answer denies both that there is a moral order in the world and that we are at the mercy of contingencies. It begins to make the case that we have some control over how we live.

Keywords: contingency; moral order; control; laws of nature; values; practical reason; understanding; attitudes; the human point of view

Chapter.  6875 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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