Making Sense of Humanity: And Other Philosophical Papers, 1982-1993

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Like the two earlier volumes of Bernard Williams' papers published by Cambridge University Press, Problems of the Self and Moral Luck, Making Sense of Humanity will be welcomed by all readers with a serious interest in philosophy. It is published alongside a volume of essays on Williams' work, World, Mind and Ethics: Essays on the Ethical Philosophy of Bernard Williams, edited by J.E.J. Altham and Ross Harrison, which provides a reappraisal of his work by other distinguished thinkers in the field.

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"Any sensitive reader will be struck by the force of Williams's vision and the eloquence with which it is expressed." Samuel Scheffler, Times Literary Supplement

"...these essays contain much which shows Williams' distinctive strengths, including his formidable analytic skills and his sensitivity to the complexities of lived experience. His discussion of the ambiguities of blame and responsibility, also found in the first section of the book, offers a fine example of the careful, nuanced reflection which has made Williams such an important figure in contemporary thought." International Philosophical Quarterly

"Bernard Williams is the most prominent writer on ethics among living British philosophers, and this collection of articles shows the unfailing clarity and penetration which inform his style. At their best they provide valuable additions to the repertoire of moral thinking offered in Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy and Moral Luck." TWM

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521478687
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I. Action, Freedom, Responsibility: 1. How free does the will need to be? 2. Voluntary acts and responsible agents; 3. Internal reasons and the obscurity of blame; 4. Moral incapacity; 5. Acts and omissions, doing and not doing; 6. Nietzsche's minimalist moral psychology; Part II. Philosophy, Evolution and the Human Sciences: 7. Making sense of humanity; 8. Evolutionary theory and epistemology; 9. Evolution, ethics and the representation problem; 10. Formal structures and social reality; 11. Formal and substantial individualism; 12. Saint-Just's illusion; Part III. Ethics: 13. The point of view of the universe; 14. Ethics and the fabric of the world; 15. What does intuitionism imply; 16. Professional morality and its dispositions; 17. Who needs ethical knowledge?; 18. What slopes are slippery? 19. Resenting one's own existence; 20. Must a concern for the environment be centred on human beings? 21. Moral luck: a postscript.

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