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Human Predicaments: And What to Do about Them

John Kekes


This book is about understanding and coping with exceptionally difficult problems that stand in the way of living as we think we should. Living that way depends on pursuing possibilities that unavoidably conflict in our evaluative framework. We must evaluate them and that requires deciding what our priorities should be. Such decisions are very difficult because we value the conflicting possibilities and have strong reasons both for and against them. By opting for one, we must opt against the conflicting one we also value. The problems of life are difficult because by saying yes to a possibilit ... More

Keywords: problems, conflicts, reason, evaluative framework, modes of evaluation, comparative approach

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226359458
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226359595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kekes, author
University at Albany