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Williams, Bernard 1929-2003

Works: 247 works in 1,302 publications in 6 languages and 36,465 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Interviews  History  Essays  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction, Honoree, Speaker, pre, win, Commentator, edc
Classifications: B1853.E5, 194
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Morality: an introduction to ethics by Bernard Williams( )

126 editions published between 1972 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Bernard Williams's remarkable essay on morality confronts the problems of writing moral philosophy, and offers a stimulating alternative to more systematic accounts that seem nevertheless to have left all the important issues somewhere off the page. Williams explains, analyzes and distinguishes a number of key positions, from the purely amoral to notions of subjective or relative morality, testing their coherence before going on to explore the nature of "goodness" in relation to responsibilities and choice, roles, standards, and human nature."--Publisher description (LoC)
Utilitarianism and beyond by Amartya Sen( )

45 editions published between 1982 and 2010 in English and held by 2,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Utilitarianism considered both as a theory of personal morality and a theory of public choice
Truth & truthfulness : an essay in genealogy by Bernard Williams( )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What does it mean to be truthful? What role does truth play in our lives? What do we lose if we reject truthfulness? Bernard Williams explores the value of truth and finds it to be both less and more than we might imagine
Philosophy as a humanistic discipline by Bernard Williams( )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,041 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a collection of essays in metaphysics, ethics and related branches of philosophy by Bernard Williams, one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th century. Most essays were previously unpublished or relatively unaccessible. All of them are written with his distinctive rigour, imagination and depth
The sense of the past : essays in the history of philosophy by Bernard Williams( )

30 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 2,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Before his death in 2003, Bernard Williams planned to publish a collection of historical essays, focusing primarily on the ancient world. This posthumous volume brings together a much wider selection, written over some forty years. His legacy lives on in this masterful work, the first collection ever published of Williams's essays on the history of philosophy. The subjects range from the sixth century B.C. to the twentieth A.D., from Homer to Wittgenstein by way of Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Sidgwick, Collingwood, and Nietzsche. Often one would be hard put to say which part is history, which philosophy. Both are involved throughout, because this is the history of philosophy written philosophically. Historical exposition goes hand in hand with philosophical scrutiny. Insights into the past counteract blind acceptance of present assumptions. In his touching and illuminating introduction, Myles Burnyeat writes of these essays: "They show a depth of commitment to the history of philosophy seldom to be found nowadays in a thinker so prominent on the contemporary philosophical scene."--Book cover
In the beginning was the deed : realism and moralism in political argument by Bernard Williams( )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,987 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Williams had intended to weave these essays into a connected narrative on political philosophy with reflections on his own experience of postwar politics. Sadly he did not live to complete it, but this book brings together many of its components. Geoffrey Hawthorn has arranged the material to resemble as closely as possible William's original design and vision. He has provided both an introduction to William's political philosophy and a bibliography of his formal and informal writings on politics."--Jacket
Ethics and the limits of philosophy by Bernard Williams( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 1,626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book Bernard Williams delivers a sustained indictment of moral theory from Kant onward. His goal is nothing less than to reorient ethics toward the individual. He deals with the most thorny questions in contemporary philosophy and offers new ideas about issues such as relativism, objectivity, and the possibility of ethical knowledge. --
Descartes : the project of pure enquiry by Bernard Williams( Book )

82 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a study in the history of philosophy rather than in the history of ideas. I use those labels to mark the distinction that the history of ideas is history before it is philosophy, while with the history of philosophy it is the other way round. In any worthwhile work of either sort, both concerns are likely to be represented, but there is a genuine distinction
Shame and necessity by Bernard Williams( Book )

27 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and French and held by 1,558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author is a philosopher, but much of his book is directed to writers such as Homer and the tragedians, whom he discusses as poets and not just materials for philosophy. At the center of his study is the question of how we can understand Greek tragedy at all, when its world is so far from ours
Utilitarianism : for and against by J. J. C Smart( Book )

76 editions published between 1963 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 1,286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This title consists of two essays on utilitarianism, written from opposite points of view, by J.J.C. Smart and Bernard Williams. In the first part of the book, Professor Smart advocates a modern and sophisticated version of classical utilitarianism
On opera by Bernard Williams( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A lifelong opera lover, Bernard Williams's articles and essays, talks for the BBC, contributions to the Grove Dictionary of Opera, and program notes for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the English National Opera, generated a devoted following. This volume brings together these widely scattered and largely unobtainable pieces, including two that have not been previously published. It covers an engaging range of topics from Mozart to Wagner, including essays on specific operas by those composers as well as Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, Debussy, Janacek, and Tippett. --From publisher's description
Concepts and categories : philosophical essays by Isaiah Berlin( Book )

22 editions published between 1978 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,021 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Foreword to the second edition / by Alasdair MacIntyre -- Editor's preface -- Author's preface -- Introduction by Bernard Williams -- The purpose of philosophy -- Verification -- Empirical propositions and hypothetical statements -- Logical translation -- Equality -- The concept of scientific history -- Does political theory still exist? -- From hope and fear set free -- Appendix to the second edition -- Made of wax after all -- My philosophical views -- Interview on concepts and categories -- Logical positivism -- The rationality of value judgements -- Is a philosophy of history possible? -- Pluralism and liberalism -- The philosophy of Charles Taylor -- Index / by Douglas Matthews
Problems of the self; philosophical papers 1956-1972 by Bernard Williams( Book )

58 editions published between 1973 and 2006 in English and Spanish and held by 1,017 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A volume of philosophical studies, centred on problems of personal identity and extending to related topics in the philosophy of mind and moral philosophy
British analytical philosophy by Bernard Williams( Book )

44 editions published between 1966 and 1977 in English and Italian and held by 1,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The practice of value by Joseph Raz( Book )

22 editions published between 2003 and 2008 in English and held by 956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Practice of Value explores the nature of value and its relation to the social and historical conditions under which human agents live. At the core of the book are the Tanner Lectures delivered at Berkeley in 2001 by Joseph Raz, who has been one of the leading figures in moral and legal philosophy since the 1970s. Raz argues that values depend importantly on social practices, but that we can make sense of this dependence without falling back on cultural relativism. In response, three eminent philosophers, Christine Korsgaard, Robert Pippin, and Bernard Williams, offer their own distinctive reflections on the connections between value and practice. The book begins with an introduction by Jay Wallace, setting the scene for what follows, and ends with a response from Raz to his commentators. The result is a fascinating debate, accessible to readers throughout and beyond philosophy, about the relations between human values and human life."--Jacket
Men of ideas by Bryan Magee( Book )

2 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 938 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen dialogues drawn from the highly acclaimed BBC series review the tenets and theories of moral philosophy, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science
Moral luck : philosophical papers, 1973-1980 by Bernard Williams( Book )

44 editions published between 1981 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 920 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new volume of philosophical essays by Bernard Williams. The book is a successor to Problems of the Self (CUP 1973), but whereas that volume dealt mainly with questions of personal identity, Moral Luck centres on questions of moral philosophy and the theory of rational action. That whole area has of course been strikingly reinvigorated over the last decade, and philosophers have both broadened and deepened their concerns in a way that now makes much earlier moral and political philosophy look sterile and trivial. Moral Luck contains a number of essays that have contributed influentially to this development. Among the recurring themes are the moral and philosophical limitations of utilitarianism, the notion of integrity, relativism, and problems of moral conflict and rational choice. The work presented here is marked by a high psychological reality. The volume will be a stimulating source of ideas and arguments for all philosophers and wide range of other readers. -- from back cover
Plato by Bernard Williams( Book )

12 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes the reader back to first principles, re-reading the key texts to reveal what the philosopher actually said
Making sense of humanity and other philosophical papers, 1982-1993 by Bernard Williams( Book )

31 editions published between 1995 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This new volume of philosophical papers by Bernard Williams is divided into three sections: the first Action, Freedom, Responsibility, the second Philosophy, Evolution and the Human Sciences; in which appears the essay which gives the collection its title; and the third Ethics, which contains essays closely related to his 1983 book Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy. Like the two earlier volumes of Williams's papers published by Cambridge University Press, Problems of the Self and Moral Luck, this volume will be welcomed by all readers with a serious interest in philosophy. It is published alongside a volume of essays on Williams's 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
Meditations on first philosophy : with selections from the Objections and Replies by René Descartes( Book )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 557 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Descartes's Meditations on First Philosophy, the fundamental and originating work of the modern era in Western philosophy, is presented here in Donald Cress's completely revised edition of his well-established translation, bringing this version even closer to Descartes's original, while maintaining its clear and accessible style." -- Publisher's description
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Utilitarianism and beyond
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Bernard, William 1929-2003

Bernard Williams britischer Philosoph

Bernard Williams filosofo britannico

Bernard Williams filosoof

William , Bernard Arthur Owen

Williams, B. A. O.

Williams, B.A.O. 1929-2003

Williams, B. A. O. (Barnard Arthur Owen)

Williams, B. A. O. (Bernard Arthur Owen)

Williams Bernard

Williams, Bernard, 1929-

Williams Bernard 1929-2003

Williams, Bernard A. 1929-2003

Williams, Bernard Arthur Owen.

Williams, M.

Williams, M. 1948-

Williams, Marion

Williams, Marion 1948-

Бернард Вільямс англійський філософ моралі

Уильямс, Бернард

ברנארד ויליאמס

برنارد ویلیامز فیلسوف بریتانیایی

بيرنارد ويليامز

ಬರ್ನಾರ್ಡ್ ವಿಲಿಯಮ್ಸ್

ウィリアムズ, バナード


伯纳德·威廉姆斯 英国哲学家


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Utilitarianism and beyondTruth & truthfulness : an essay in genealogyPhilosophy as a humanistic disciplineThe sense of the past : essays in the history of philosophyIn the beginning was the deed : realism and moralism in political argumentEthics and the limits of philosophyDescartes : the project of pure enquiryShame and necessity