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Bernard Williams


Part of Contemporary Philosophy in Focus

Alan Thomas, A. W. Moore, John Skorupski, Robert B. Louden, Michael Stocker, A. A. Long, Edward Craig
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  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521665551

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  • This volume provides a systematic overview and comprehensive assessment of Bernard Williams' contribution to moral philosophy, a field in which Williams was one of the most influential of contemporary philosophers. The seven essays, which were specially commissioned for this volume, examine his work on moral objectivity, the nature of practical reason, moral emotion, the critique of the 'morality system', Williams' assessment of the ethical thought of the ancient world, and his later adoption of Nietzsche's method of 'genealogy'. Collectively, the essays not only engage with Williams' work, but also develop independent philosophical arguments in connection with those topics that have, over the last thirty years, particularly reflected Williams' influence.

    • The only comprehensive assessment of the whole of Williams' work
    • Accessible to non-specialists
    • Features a guide to further reading
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    'I heartily recommend this book as essential and stimulating reading for anyone interested in Bernard Williams, as everyone interested in contemporary moral philosophy ought to be, and commend the editor for putting together as well as contributing to a sophisticated and exciting collection.' Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521665551
    • length: 238 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 7 mm
    • weight: 0.338kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Alan Thomas
    1. Realism and the absolute conception A. W. Moore
    2. The non-objectivist critique of moral knowledge Alan Thomas
    3. Internal reasons and the scope of blame John Skorupski
    4. The critique of the morality system Robert B. Louden
    5. Shame, guilt and pathological guilt Michael Stocker
    6. Williams on Greek literature and philosophy A. A. Long
    7. Genealogies and the state of nature Edward Craig.

  • Editor

    Alan Thomas
    Alan Thomas is Senior Lecturer in the department of philosophy at the University of Kent.


    Alan Thomas, A. W. Moore, John Skorupski, Robert B. Louden, Michael Stocker, A. A. Long, Edward Craig

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