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"This book is bold and ambitious. It is full of original ideas, which it seeks to integrate, by means of careful argument, with more familiar moral notions. It is, for many reasons, a most welcome addition to the literature."
--Richard Kraut, Northwestern University

"Modernity has left us with a world where we are uncertain about what values to hold and how our lives should be lived. Kane's work provides us with the most imaginative and compelling response to these challenges in years. This is one of those rare works where you sense you are being guided through new terrain by a learned and wise soul."
--Mark Bernstein, Purdue University

"....a valuable contribution. Those working in value or social contract theory will want to be familiar with Kane's contributions to the field.... Recommended...."
--R.C. Robinson, University of Georgia, CHOICE

"An exciting and ambitious book. Kane introduces and defends a complete ethical theory that represents a genuinely novel approach to normative ethics. His overriding theme is that moral constraints flow from the search for wisdom in an ancient philosophical sense....The book is valuable not only for the novelty and promise of its central ideas, but also for its clear exegesis of other important positions."
--Alexa Forrester, Franklin & Marshall College, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

"...This wide-ranging book provides a singular way of coming to answers about morality, about values, and about the good life... This book is remarkable for the way it ties together its different parts, as it is remarkable for making sure that we see the connections. Given Kane's meticulous and detailed approach, we are in as good a position as possible to see if his system answers the necessary question just asked."
--David Kaspar, St. John's University, New York, Philosophy in Review

"[This] book is bold, ambitious and merits careful study. [It] contains a sustained argument for a meta-ethical and normative theory that contains a theory of right action and a theory of the good life, a unified conception of practical and theoretical reasoning, a survey of the main theories of normative ethics and an account of the application of his theory in political philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of law, feminist ethics and moral education. Kane's ethical theory synthesizes elements of Ancient eudaimonism, Kant's moral theory and Mill's classical liberalism."
--Journal of Moral Philosophy

"This book is a rare thing: a monograph that is accessible. It brings together a number of central ethical theories, clearly presented, and discusses their advantages and short-comings in the light of the new theory of the book. The author takes care to illustrate the theories he discusses with vivid examples drawn from both the ethics literature and general culture."
--The Philosophical Quarterly

"Kane carefully addresses a large number of topics, including both the right and the good, as well as meta-ethical issues about objectivity, within the compass of a single theory.... This is a significant accomplishment from which there is much to learn, both in its overall argument and in its detailed discussions."

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This study defends new foundations for ethics and value theory, arguing that ethical principles can be seen to emerge from the philosophical quest for wisdom itself. It will appeal to all who are interested in ethical challenges posed by pluralism and diversity of cultures, and in debates about value relativism.

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