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By Raymond Geuss

Wishful pondering is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long term distorting influence on moral considering. Many influential moral perspectives rely on the confident assumption that, regardless of appearances on the contrary, the human and wildlife within which we are living may perhaps, ultimately, be made to make feel to us. In A international with out Why, Raymond Geuss demanding situations this assumption.

The essays during this collection--several of that are released the following for the 1st time--explore the genesis and old improvement of this confident configuration in moral concept 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 crucial function in lots of of those essays. Geuss additionally levels over such themes because the strategies of intelligibility, authority, democracy, and feedback; the function of mendacity in politics; structure; where of theology in ethics; tragedy and comedy; and the fight among realism and our look for meaning.

Characterized via Geuss's wide-ranging pursuits in literature, philosophy, and background, and via his political dedication and trenchant kind, A international with no Why increases primary questions on the viability not only of particular moral suggestions and theses, yet of our most elementary assumptions approximately what ethics may and needs to be.

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