By Raymond Geuss

Wishful considering is a deeply ingrained human trait that has had a long term distorting impact on moral considering. Many influential moral perspectives rely on the positive assumption that, regardless of appearances on the contrary, the human and flora and fauna during which we are living might, finally, be made to make experience to us. In A international 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 historic improvement of this confident configuration in moral notion 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 critical position in lots of of those essays. Geuss additionally levels over such subject matters 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 by means of Geuss's wide-ranging pursuits in literature, philosophy, and historical past, and through his political dedication and trenchant kind, A international with out Why increases primary questions on the viability not only of particular moral recommendations and theses, yet of our most elementary assumptions approximately what ethics may possibly and needs to be.

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