How Should We Live?: A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality

2015.03.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Kekes, How Should We Live?: A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 250pp., $40.00
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2015.03.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Kekes, How Should We Live?: A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 250pp., $40.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780226155654. Reviewed by John Cottingham, Heythrop College, University of London/University of Reading "I often see people propose to us patterns of life which neither the proposer nor his hearers have any hope of following, or, what is more, any desire to follow" (19). Michel de Montaigne's sharp observation, quoted with approval by John Kekes, serves as an apt motto for what follows: a sustained critique of ideal and absolutist theories of morality, and indeed of theories of morality of any kind. Anti-theory theories of morality, the author suggests, are perhaps better than pro-theory theories of morality, but best of all is to have no theory of morality at all. As his subtitle indicates, Kekes offers not a theory, but an "approach", one that insists that charting a. . .

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