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

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Overview

Supplementing the two earlier volumes of his work, this collection is published alongside a volume of essays on Williams' 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
1 How free does the will need to be? 3
2 Voluntary acts and responsible agents 22
3 Internal reasons and the obscurity of blame 35
4 Moral incapacity 46
5 Acts and omissions, doing and not doing 56
6 Nietzsche's minimalist moral psychology 65
7 Making sense of humanity 79
8 Evolutionary theory and epistemology 90
9 Evolution, ethics, and the representation problem 100
10 Formal structures and social reality 111
11 Formal and substantial individualism 123
12 Saint-Just's illusion 135
13 The point of view of the universe: Sidgwick and the ambitions of ethics 153
14 Ethics and the fabric of the world 172
15 What does intuitionism imply? 182
16 Professional morality and its dispositions 192
17 Who needs ethical knowledge? 203
18 Which slopes are slippery? 213
19 Resenting one's own existence 224
20 Must a concern for the environment be centred on human beings? 233
21 Moral luck: a postscript 241
Index 248
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