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  1. John Kekes (2014). How Should We Live?: A Practical Approach to Everyday Morality. University of Chicago Press.
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  2. John Kekes (2013). Fear and Reason. Philosophy 88 (4):555-574.
    The subject of this paper is a particular kind of fear. The danger to which it is a response is the possibility that the evaluative dimension of life from which we derive the values by which we live is arbitrary. If it were arbitrary, nothing we value would be valuable. There are strong reasons both for and against this kind of fear. I am concerned with understanding these reasons and judging their strengths and weaknesses.
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  3. John Kekes (2012). Iris Murdoch, Gender and Philosophy By Sabina Lovibond Abingdon: Routledge 2011, Pp. 152 + Viii, $35.95 ISBN: 978-0-415-42999-3. [REVIEW] Philosophy 87 (03):452-456.
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  4. John Kekes (2011). A Life Worth Living. The Philosophers' Magazine 53 (53):73-78.
    To enjoy life is to be pleased, delighted, and satisfied with it; to live with relish, to savour and take pleasure especially in parts of it we regard as important, and to want the life to continue by and large in the way it has been going. The most important thing we can do is live in a way that reflects what we most deeply care about.
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  5. John Kekes (2011). Doubts About Autonomy. Philosophy 86 (3):333-351.
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  6. John Kekes (2011). The Dangerous Ideal of Autonomy. Criminal Justice Ethics 30 (2):192-204.
    The ideal of autonomy has a positive and a negative aim. Its positive aim is to create the conditions in which more and more people can be more and more autonomous. Its negative aim is to prevent actions that cause serious harm and are normally both immoral and criminal. These two aims are incompatible. Increasing autonomy increases the frequency of crimes and decreasing the frequency of crimes requires decreasing autonomy. The incompatibility of these two aims has radical implications for much (...)
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  7. John Kekes (2010). The Human Condition. Oxford University Press.
    The Human Condition is a response to the growing disenchantment in the Western world with contemporary life. John Kekes provides rationally justified answers to questions about the meaning of life, the basis of morality, the contingencies of human lives, the prevalence of evil, the nature and extent of human responsibility, and the sources of values we prize. He offers a realistic view of the human condition that rejects both facile optimism and gloomy pessimism; acknowledges that we are vulnerable to contingencies (...)
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  8. John Kekes (2010). The Right to Private Property: A Justification. Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (1):1-20.
    The proposed justification avoids problems that invalidate the familiar entitlement, utility, and interest-based justifications; interprets private property as necessary for controlling resources we need for our well-being; recognizes that the possession, uses, and limits of private property must be justified differently; and combines the defensible portions of the familiar but unsuccessful attempts at justification with a more complex account that combines the defensible portions of previous justificatory attempts with a new pluralistic approach that treats the right to private property as (...)
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  9. John Kekes (2010). War. Philosophy 85 (2):201-218.
    This article is an explanation of the causes of war. It shows the inadequacy of existing explanations in terms of competition for scarce resources, aggressiveness as a trait inherent in human nature, and struggle for power. It constructs a new explanation that combines the defensible elements of the inadequate explanations and adds to them conflicts between systems of value on which the identity of the warring parties depends as the most important of the causes of war. It concludes that since (...)
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  10. John Kekes (2009). A Reasonable Alternative to Egalitarianism. In Thomas Christiano & John Philip Christman (eds.), Contemporary Debates in Political Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell. 17--179.
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  11. John Kekes (2009). Blame Versus Forgiveness. The Monist 92 (4):488-506.
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  12. John Kekes (2009). The Human World. Ratio 22 (2):137-156.
    We do not have to choose between belief in a divinely ordained cosmic moral order and the arbitrariness of our moral commitments. The alternative is a secular view that accepts that there is a natural cosmic order, denies that the order is moral, and relies on the values of the human world to provide a moral order by which we can reasonably live. These values are human constructions. Reliance on them is reasonable if they have passed the test of critical (...)
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  13. John Kekes (2009). The Moral Significance of Evil. In Pedro Alexis Tabensky (ed.), The Positive Function of Evil. Palgrave Macmillan.
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  14. John Kekes (2008/2010). Enjoyment: The Moral Significance of Styles of Life. Oxford University Press.
    In this book John Kekes examines the indispensable role enjoyment plays in a good life. The key to it is the development of a style of life that combines an attitude and a manner of living and acting that jointly express one's deepest concerns. Since such styles vary with characters and circumstances, a reasonable understanding of them requires attending to the particular and concrete details of individual lives. Reflection on works of literature is a better guide to this kind of (...)
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  15. John Kekes (2006). Against Egalitarianism. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 81 (58):137-.
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  16. John Kekes (2006). Justice: A Conservative View. Social Philosophy and Policy 23 (2):88-108.
    According to the conservative view defended in this paper, justice holds when people have what they deserve and do not have what they do not deserve. Some of the questions considered are: how to tell what people deserve, why people should get what they deserve, how mistakes in the distribution of good and bad things can be corrected, why all egalitarian theories of justice are fundamentally mistaken, what makes the conservative view of justice practical, and what implications the conservative view (...)
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  17. John Kekes (2006). The Enlargement of Life: Moral Imagination at Work. Cornell University Press.
    Moral imagination, according to John Kekes, is indispensable to a fulfilling and responsible life.
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  18. John Kekes (2005). Shaking Shibboleths. The Philosophers' Magazine 31 (31):60-63.
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  19. John Kekes (2005). The Roots of Evil. Cornell University Press.
    Uses case studies of evil, the most serious of our moral Problems, to explain why people act with cruelty, greed, prejudice and fanatacism.
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  20. John Kekes (2004). Reply to Horton. Philosophy 79 (2):328-330.
    ‘Reply to Horton’ gives four reasons why Horton's attack on Kekes' earlier article fails. In particular Horton fails to make the case that we have a moral obligation to do more than we already do towards relieving poverty through the taxes we already pay.
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  21. John Kekes (2003). Pluralism and Moral Authority. In Kim Chong Chong, Sor-Hoon Tan & C. L. Ten (eds.), The Moral Circle and the Self: Chinese and Western Approaches. Open Court.
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  22. John Kekes (2002). Objections to Democratic Egalitarianism. Journal of Social Philosophy 33 (2):163–169.
  23. John Kekes (2002). On the Supposed Obligation to Relieve Famine. Philosophy 77 (4):503-517.
    In an influential paper, Peter Singer claims that affluent people have a strong obligation to relieve famine. If they fail, they allow others to die, and makes them murderers. In responding to this outrageous claim, which has given uneasy conscience to many, I show that Singer is engaged in indefensible moralizing that substitutes bullying for reasoned argument and gives a bad name to morality.
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  24. John Kekes (2002). Philosophy in the New Century. Mind 111 (442):458-461.
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  25. John Kekes (2002). Review: Philosophy in the New Century. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (442):458-461.
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  26. John Kekes (2002). The Art of Life. Cornell University Press.
    The art of life, according to John Kekes, consists in living a life of personal and moral excellence.
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  27. John Kekes (2000). Liberal Double-Mindedness. In Edward Harcourt (ed.), Morality, Reflection, and Ideology. Oxford University Press.
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  28. John Kekes (2000). Pluralism in Philosophy: Changing the Subject. Cornell University Press.
    Introduction : At a turning point -- Everyday life -- Modes of reflection -- Philosophical problems -- The pluralistic approach -- The meaning of life -- The possibility of free action -- The place of morality in good lives -- The art of life -- The nature of human self-understanding --Conclusion : The human world.
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  29. John Kekes (2000). The Enforcement of Morality. American Philosophical Quarterly 37 (1):23 - 35.
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  30. John Kekes (2000). The Meaning of Life. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 24 (1):17–34.
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  31. John Kekes (1998). [Book Review] Against Liberalism. [REVIEW] Ethics 108 (3):602-606.
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  32. John Kekes (1998). Force That It Cannot Have? I Commend This Collection of Essays to Anyone Intrigued by This Question or the Questions That Give Rise to It. In Stephen Everson (ed.), Ethics. Cambridge University Press.
     
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  33. John Kekes (1998). The Reflexivity of Evil. Social Philosophy and Policy 15 (01):216-.
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  34. John Kekes (1997). What Is Conservatism? Philosophy 72 (281):351 - 374.
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  35. John Kekes (1997). A Question for Egalitarians. Ethics 107 (4):658-669.
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  36. John Kekes (1996). Academic Corruption. The Monist 79 (4):564-576.
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  37. John Kekes (1996). Cruelty and Liberalism. Ethics 106 (4):834-844.
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  38. David Archard, John Kekes & Nicholas Rescher (1995). The Morality of Pluralism.Pluralism: Against the Demand for Consensus. Philosophical Quarterly 45 (180):400.
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  39. John Kekes (1995). Collective Responsibility as a Problem for Liberalism. Midwest Studies in Philosophy 20 (1):416-430.
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  40. John Kekes (1995). Pluralism, Scientific Knowledge, and the Fallacy of Overriding Values. Argumentation 9 (4):577-594.
    The paper examines one implication of pluralism, the view that all values are conditional and none are overriding. This implication is that since scientific knowledge is one of the conditional values, there are circumstances in which the pursuit of even the most basic scientific knowledge is legitimately curtailed. These circumstances occur when the pursuit of scientific knowledge conflicts with moral and political values which, in that context, are more important than it. The argument focuses on the case for and against (...)
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  41. John Kekes (1994). Pluralism and the Value of Life. Social Philosophy and Policy 11 (1):44-60.
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  42. John Kekes (1994). Rescher on Rationality and Morality. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (2):415-420.
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  43. John Kekes (1994). Review: Rescher on Rationality and Morality. [REVIEW] Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (2):415 - 420.
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  44. John Kekes (1994). The Pragmatic Idealism of Nicholas Rescher. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 54 (2):391 - 394.
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  45. John Kekes (1993). Facing Evil. Princeton University Press.
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  46. John Kekes (1992). Disgust and Moral Taboos. Philosophy 67 (262):431 - 446.
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  47. John Kekes (1992). On There Being Some Limits to Morality. Social Philosophy and Policy 9 (02):63-.
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  48. John Kekes (1992). Pluralism and Conflict in Morality. Journal of Value Inquiry 26 (1):37-50.
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  49. John Kekes (1992). The Incompatibility of Liberalism and Pluralism. American Philosophical Quarterly 29 (2):141 - 151.
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  50. Mary Midgley, Gordon E. Michalson & John Kekes (1992). Fallen Freedom: Kant on Radical Evil and Moral Regeneration.Facing Evil. Philosophical Quarterly 42 (166):114.
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