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Hard Questions: Facing the Problems of Life

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2019.11.12 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John Kekes, Hard Questions: Facing the Problems of Life, Oxford University Press, 2019, 306pp., $34.95 (hbk), ISBN 9780190919986. Reviewed by Garrett Cullity, The University of Adelaide In writing this book, John Kekes sets himself a hard task. His aim is to address ten very broad ethical questions -- the hard questions of his title -- in a way that illuminates them for philosophers, advanced students and reflective non-philosophers alike. The questions, each of which has its own chapter, are: Is there an absolute value that overrides all other considerations? Must we conform to prevailing conventions? Do we owe what our country asks of us? Must justice be done at all costs? How should we respond to evil? Should we forgive wrong actions? Does shame make life better or worse? Is it always good to be true to who we are? Do good intentions justify bad actions? and Are moral... Read More

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