Journals Higher Education



17 April 2013

288 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199941353

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The View from Here

On Affirmation, Attachment, and the Limits of Regret

R. Jay Wallace

  • Provides a systematic study of retrospective attitudes that have been neglected in contemporary philosophical discussion but have great existential significance.
  • Offers new treatments of some familiar cases (including Williams' discussion of Gauguin and moral luck, and Parfit's case of the young girl's child).
  • Describes a "bourgeois predicament" in which our expensive projects commit us to affirming social inequalities that are undeniably unfortunate.
  • Defends a "modest" nihilism, arguing that out attachments commit us to forms of retrospective affirmation that we cannot ultimately justify.