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The Nature of Philosophical Problems: Their Causes and by John Kekes

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By John Kekes

We needs to all make offerings approximately how we wish to stay. We review our probabilities via counting on ancient, ethical, own, political, spiritual, and medical modes of reviews, however the values and purposes that stick to from them clash. Philosophical difficulties are compelled on us once we attempt to deal with such conflicts. There are purposes for and opposed to all proposed methods of dealing with the conflicts, yet none of them has been in most cases authorised through average thinkers. The optimistic target of The Nature of Philosophical Problems is to suggest a manner of figuring out the character of such philosophical difficulties, clarify why they take place, why they're perennial, and suggest a pluralist method because the most sensible method of dealing with them. This procedure is functional, context-dependent, and specific. It follows from it that the recurrence of philosophical difficulties isn't a disorder, yet a welcome outcome of the richness of our modes of knowing that enlarges the diversity of chances through which we'd decide to reside. The serious goal of the e-book is to offer purposes opposed to either the absolutist try and locate an overriding worth or precept for resolving philosophical difficulties and of the relativist declare that purposes inevitably come to an finish and the way we wish to stay is eventually an issue of non-public choice, no longer of reasons.

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So long as conflicting modes of understanding are parts of our world-view, philosophical problems matter and are here to stay. We cannot make them go away, and we must cope with them. The question for us is how we should do that. Problematic Approaches I will briefly consider three approaches to coping with philosophical problems. I will keep returning to them in subsequent chapters, but it is important to see at this stage of the argument, even if only in an introductory way, that none of them provides an obvious way of coping with philosophical problems.

In all societies there are conventions that aim to secure them and prohibit their violation. These conventions vary with societies and ages, but when they hold, they apply to everyone in that society. They are, therefore, general, although not universal. Some variable conventions are impersonal because they are supposed to secure social values for everyone equally, like police protection or the use of public roads. Others secure social values selectively, since they are competitive, scarce, or attached to specific positions, roles, or relationships.

For politics is concerned with creating and maintaining the conditions without which the pursuit of historical, moral, religious, scientific, or personal understanding is impossible. None of these modes of understanding can be pursued outside of a political framework that makes civilized life possible. The political institutions and policies of a society, of course, may be influenced by considerations that follow from non-political modes of understanding, but they can be influenced by them only if the necessary prior political conditions have been secured.

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