Facing Evil

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Princeton University Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 250 pages
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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.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.
 

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Contents

Chapter
31
Chapter Three
45
Chapter Four
66
Malevolence
79
Chapter Five
84
Chapter
106
The Ground of Desert
115
Moral Inequality
121
The Failure of Kants Argument
136
The Mixed View of Human Nature
142
Chapter Nine
163
Chapter
182
Romanticism
196
Chapter Twelve
223
Works Cited
239
Copyright

The Basic Goodness
128

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About the author (1990)

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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