Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781575863931 Published August 2002
Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9781575863948 Published August 2002

Unsettling Obligations

Essays on Reason, Reality and the Ethics of Belief

Allen W. Wood

Unsettling Obligations
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Allen W. Wood

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250 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2002
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9781575863931 Published August 2002
Paper $23.00 ISBN: 9781575863948 Published August 2002
Should we hold beliefs only insofar as they are rationally supportable? According to Allen W. Wood, we're morally obliged to do so—and yet how does this apply to religious beliefs? Unsettling Obligations examines these and related ethical and philosophical issues, taking and defending stances on many of them. Along with the theme of belief and evidence, other topics include a historical perspective of philosophy based on the Enlightenment rationalist tradition and a study of how our practical commitments help define truth and value.
Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1. W. K. Clifford and the Ethics of Belief
2. Clifford’s Principle and Religious Faith
3. Kant’s Deism
4. Self-Deception and Bad Faith
5. Relativism
6. The Objectivity of Value
7. Attacking Morality: A Metaethical Project
8. What Dead Philosophers Mean
9. What Is Philosophy?
Index
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