Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy

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Taylor & Francis, Mar 29, 2006 - Philosophy - 272 pages
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By the time of his death in 2003, Bernard Williams was one of the greatest philosophers of his generation. Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy is not only widely acknowledged to be his most important book, but also hailed a contemporary classic of moral philosophy.

Presenting a sustained critique of moral theory from Kant onwards, Williams reorients ethical theory towards ‘truth, truthfulness and the meaning of an individual life’. He explores and reflects upon the most difficult problems in contemporary philosophy and identifies new ideas about central issues such as relativism, objectivity and the possibility of ethical knowledge.

This edition also includes a new commentary on the text by A.W.Moore and a foreword by Jonathan Lear.

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User Review  - Johann_tor - Goodreads

A singular and intriguing approach to the philosophy of ethics. Lots of powerful insights, but a bit too cleverly written. Read full review

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User Review  - JP - Goodreads

Bernard William gets at the core of the issue, while still covering the basics of both utilitarian and relativist thoughts. His thesis is skepticism that there can be a universal basis for ethics, but ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Bernard Williams (1929-2003) was Deutsch Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley.

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