The Examined Life

Paperback | August 1, 1992

byJohn Kekes

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John Kekes is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the State University of New York, Albany. His most recent books are Moral Tradition and Individuality (1989) and Facing Evil (1990).

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John Kekes is Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the State University of New York, Albany. His most recent books are Moral Tradition and Individuality (1989) and Facing Evil (1990).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 9.23 × 5.99 × 0.58 inPublished:August 1, 1992Publisher:Penn State University Press

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ISBN - 10:0271008733

ISBN - 13:9780271008738

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Preface 9

Acknowledgments 11

1. An Approach to Good Lives 15

2. The Limits of Self-Direction: Human Nature 31

3. The Context of Self-Direction: Moral Tradition 45

4. Self-Direction 62

5. Ideals and Commitments 77

6. Self-Control 95

7. Self-Knowledge 114

8. Moral Sensitivity 129

9. Wisdom 145

10. Good Lives and Happiness 161

11. Good Lives and Justification 174

Notes 188

Works Cited 194

Index 199

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“One of the perennial tasks of ethics is to reconcile the claims of tradition, community, and convention with the desire for freedom, individuality, and self-direction. Among recent attempts to deal with this topic is a book [entitled] The Examined Life. . . . In a historical situation such as ours, when all cultures and traditions seem to be within each other’s reach, the virtue of moral sensitivity, singled out by Kekes as characterizing desirable self-direction, deserves special emphasis.”—Journal of Speculative Philosophy