Correcting Attitudes

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588886
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191595448 | DOI:
Correcting Attitudes

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The attitudes whose correction makes increasing our control possible are formed of beliefs, emotions, and motives whose objects are our desires. These attitudes lead us to commit ourselves to possibilities and limits we value and which guide us in our effort to satisfy of our desires. Each component of these attitudes may be mistaken and lead us to make the wrong commitment to the wrong values. Some of these commitments are unconditional and define what we regard as unthinkable; others are only conditional. The structure of our commitments forms our conception of well‐being. And the correction of attitudes depends on critical reflection on our attitudes and commitments.

Keywords: attitudes; unconditional and conditional commitments; possibilities; limits; the unthinkable; conceptions of well‐being

Chapter.  6883 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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