A World without Why

A World without Why

Raymond Geuss


Wishful pondering is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long term distorting impact on moral considering. Many influential moral perspectives depend upon the confident assumption that, regardless of appearances on the contrary, the human and wildlife during which we are living may well, finally, be made to make feel to us. In A global with out 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 old improvement of this confident configuration in moral suggestion and the ways that it has proven itself to be unfounded and inaccurate. Discussions of Greco-Roman antiquity and of the philosophies of Socrates, Plato, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, and Adorno play a significant function in lots of of those essays. Geuss additionally levels over such issues because the thoughts 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 through Geuss's wide-ranging pursuits in literature, philosophy, and historical past, and through his political dedication and trenchant sort, A global with out Why increases basic questions about the viability not only of particular moral ideas and theses, yet of our most elementary assumptions approximately what ethics might and needs to be.

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