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Single Idea 19738

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / c. Purpose of ethics]

Full Idea

Our system of values should be understood, among other things, as our attempt to cope with contingencies by making the connection between our well-being and actions less contingent and more within our control.

Gist of Idea

Values are an attempt to achieve well-being by bringing contingencies under control


John Kekes (The Human Condition [2010], Intro)

A Reaction

He gives an account in which every aspect of morality focuses on human well-being. Of course, the values will dictate what constitutes that well-being, as well as good means of attaining it.

Book Reference

Kekes,John: 'The Human Condition' [OUP 2010], p.4