The Cultural Dimension and Disenchantment

John Kekes

in The Human Condition

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199588886
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191595448 | DOI:
The Cultural Dimension and Disenchantment

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A society's system of values is sustained by the allegiance of its inhabitants. A pervasive sense of disenchantment is the most serious problem for the cultural dimension of values as it exists in contemporary Western societies. Many religiously committed thinkers argue that our present disenchantment is the result of the widespread rejection of religious belief and the secularization of Western life. This chapter provides a secular alternative to the religious view and argues that the cultural dimension of our system of values has ample resources for coping with such disenchantment as there is. The alternatives center on exemplars that exemplify inspiring ideals of a large variety of conceptions of well‐being. The nature and identity of exemplars is discussed and explained.

Keywords: disenchantment; modes of evaluation; critics; exemplars; overridingness; first‐ and second‐order activities; modus vivendi; the secular view

Chapter.  8192 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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