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Single Idea 20161

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / A. Value / 1. Nature of Value / a. Nature of value]

Full Idea

The major problem for the human dimension of values is the prevalence of evil; for the cultural dimension it is widespread disenchantment; and for the personal dimension it is pervasive boredom.

Gist of Idea

The big value problems are evil (humanity), disenchantment (cultures), and boredom (individuals)


John Kekes (The Human Condition [2010], 05.5)

Book Reference

Kekes,John: 'The Human Condition' [OUP 2010], p.113

A Reaction

Boldly simple claims, but quite persuasive. Presumably it is the evil in human beings, rather than natural evil (like earthquakes) that is the problem. Disenchantment must come through alienation from social values. Powerlessness, rather than boredom?