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By Raymond Geuss

ISBN-10: 0691155887

ISBN-13: 9780691155883

ISBN-10: 0691169209

ISBN-13: 9780691169200

Wishful considering is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long term distorting impact on moral considering. Many influential moral perspectives depend upon the positive assumption that, regardless of appearances on the contrary, the human and wildlife within which we are living may well, finally, be made to make experience to us. In A international with no Why, Raymond Geuss demanding situations this assumption.

The essays during this collection--several of that are released right here for the 1st time--explore the genesis and historic improvement of this positive configuration in moral notion and the ways that it has proven itself to be unfounded and erroneous. Discussions of Greco-Roman antiquity and of the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Adorno play a principal function in lots of of those essays. Geuss additionally levels over such subject matters because the innovations of intelligibility, authority, democracy, and feedback; the position of mendacity in politics; structure; where of theology in ethics; tragedy and comedy; and the fight among realism and our look for meaning.

Characterized by way of Geuss's wide-ranging pursuits in literature, philosophy, and historical past, and by way of his political dedication and trenchant sort, A global with no Why increases primary questions about the viability not only of particular moral innovations and theses, yet of our most simple assumptions approximately what ethics may possibly and needs to be.

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