"A worthy successor to a run of excellent books. . . Carefully argued and highly readable. There is an impressive directness and integrity about the writing: clear, straightforward, and utterly free from the pretentiousness and obfuscation of so much contemporary academic writing. Even those who are unconvinced that it will radically alter our philosophical outlook on the problems of the good life wil have to admit that it casts a fresh and challenging light on questions of the utmost importance."—John Cottingham, University of Reading. Mind
"John Kekes's project has been to encourage others to be realistic about what it takes to make good lives for themselves in a troubled, flawed, and apparently contingent universe."—Preston Jones, Cambridge School of Dallas. Touchstone, June 2002
"Humans seek to live good lives, trusting in habit and custom as primary guides. However, certain facts arise which disrupt the attempt to realize such lives. . . Because the writing quality is of a very high order, the reader wil readily absorb Keke's initial exposition of the problem and follow him to his final conclusions. One may end up disagreeing with these conclusions, but one will have learnt to look at an old problem from a novel, illuminating, and human angle."—Christopher Albrecht, St. Basil College. The Review of Metaphysics.