Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom

Ethics and the Quest for Wisdom

Description

Modernity has challenged the ancient ideal of a universal quest for wisdom, and today's world of conflicting cultures and values has raised further doubts regarding the possibility of objective ethical standards. Robert Kane refocuses the debate on the philosophical quest for wisdom, and argues that ethical principles about right action and the good life can be seen to emerge from that very quest itself. This book contends that the search for wisdom involves a persistent striving to overcome narrowness of vision that comes from the inevitable limitations of finite points of view. When applied to questions of value and the good life, this striving has ethical implications about the way we should treat ourselves and others. This study argues for the merits of this central thesis against alternative theories in contemporary normative ethics, and discusses its practical applications for social ethics, political philosophy, law and moral education.


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Details

Author(s)
Robert Kane
Format
Paperback | 298 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 16mm | 400g
Publication date
09 Dec 2013
Publisher
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
Publication City/Country
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
Worked examples or Exercises; Printed music items
ISBN10
1107621534
ISBN13
9781107621534
Bestsellers rank
2,041,244