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The Human Condition

John Kekes


This book is a response to the growing disenchantment in the Western world with contemporary life. It provides rationally justified answers to questions about the meaning of life, the basis of morality, the contingencies of human lives, the prevalence of evil, the nature and extent of human responsibility, and the sources of values we prize. It offers a realistic view of the human condition that rejects both facile optimism and gloomy pessimism; acknowledges that we are vulnerable to contingencies we cannot fully control; defends a humanistic understanding of our condition; recognizes that the ... More

Keywords: Human condition, secular view, meaning of life, sources of value, realism, contingency, evil, responsibility, hope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588886
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Kekes, author
Professor Emeritus, University at Albany, SUNY
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